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Japanese Prime Minister Abe will resign
By CHISAKI WATANABE, Associated Press Writer
2 minutes ago

TOKYO – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Wednesday he will resign, ending a year-old government that has suffered a string of damaging scandals and a humiliating electoral defeat.

Abe, whose support rating has fallen to 30 percent, cited the ruling party’s defeat in July 29 elections for the upper house of parliament, and said he had instructed party leaders to immediately search for a new premier.

“In the present situation it is difficult to push ahead with effective policies that win the support and trust of the public,” Abe said in a nationally televised news conference. “I have decided that we need a change in this situation.”

Scheduling (Revolutions)

Why, Mr. Anderson?  Why do you do it?  Why get up?  Why keep fighting?

Do you believe you’re fighting for something?  For more that your survival?  Can you tell me what it is?  Do you even know?

Is it freedom?  Or truth?  Perhaps peace?  Yes?  No?  Could it be for love?

Illusions, Mr. Anderson.  Vagaries of perception.  The temporary constructs of a feeble human intellect trying desperately to justify an existence that is without meaning or purpose.  And all of them as artificial as the Matrix itself, although only a human mind could invent something as insipid as love.

You must be able to see it, Mr. Anderson.  You must know it by now.  You can’t win.  It’s pointless to keep fighting.

Why, Mr. Anderson?  Why?  Why do you persist?

Because I choose to.

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Yahoo News THE TOP STORY

New Bin Laden video appears on 9/11 anniversary: CNN
AFP
28 minutes ago

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A new video purportedly featuring Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden appeared on the Internet Tuesday, the sixth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States, CNN reported.

The video shows a still image of Bin Laden with a voice identified as his praising September 11 hijacker Walid al-Shehri, who was aboard American Airlines Flight 11 which crashed into the World Trade Center, it said.

The authenticity of the video was not immediately confirmed, the television network said, adding that the video did not appear to show any moving images of Bin Laden.

Note- this is a second video, not the one from last week.

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Sharif deported from Pakistan
By ZARAR KHAN, Associated Press Writer
2 minutes ago

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was deported Monday hours after he had landed in Pakistan from seven years in exile hoping to campaign against the country’s U.S.-allied military ruler, officials said.

About four hours after he arrived on a flight from London, Sharif was taken into custody and charged with corruption, but then quickly spirited to another plane and flown out of Pakistan toward Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, an intelligence official said.

An official in President Gen. Musharraf’s office confirmed Sharif was deported but did not divulge his destination.

Our most important ally in the Global War On Radical Islam (or whatever they’re calling it today).  You know, the one with THE BOMB AND Bin Laden.

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From Yahoo News THE TOP STORY

Sharif deported from Pakistan
By ZARAR KHAN, Associated Press Writer
2 minutes ago

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was deported Monday hours after he had landed in Pakistan from seven years in exile hoping to campaign against the country’s U.S.-allied military ruler, officials said.

About four hours after he arrived on a flight from London, Sharif was taken into custody and charged with corruption, but then quickly spirited to another plane and flown out of Pakistan toward Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, an intelligence official said.

An official in President Gen. Musharraf’s office confirmed Sharif was deported but did not divulge his destination.

Our most important ally in the Global War On Radical Islam (or whatever they’re calling it today).  You know, the one with THE BOMB AND Bin Laden.

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Messing with your minds.

I have changed exactly 2 settings tonight.

I’ve changed the Blox headers to OTB Maroon.

This echos the maroon in the eyes

I’ve changed the blockquote background to a very light yellow, hopefully echoing the gold of the Buddha while evoking our Revolutionary Blue and Patriot Buff.

It’s very contrasty, but I can hear the fifes and drums marching.

We could maybe go a little golder.

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This is a Chat Thread.

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Relentless Winter

Mo’ Meta Betta.

I/P

Over at the Admin site, Turkana wrote this-

maybe it’s time we discuss how to deal with i/p. otherwise, we’ll have an israel-bashing diary on the rec list, every day, and the same poison that infects every site where these people take their hatred. i wish there was a button to prevent a diary from going rec list. any ideas?

To which buhdy’s response was-

Let’s talk to them!

Once again transparency and sunshine….

If someone does something we don’t like, let’s have a short convo here to define it….and them tell them about it!

I will be happy to lead this effort….when I can again …..sniff!

My thoughts below the fold.

Pony Party!

This is an Open Thread but it’s very important you don’t promote or recommend it.

The concept is that like Booman’s Frog Pond or TDS/TCR this be visible in the ‘Recent Diaries’ list for people who want to participate for a limited time.

There are going to be three chances-

* 9 am (mega slacker)
* 12 Noon (slacker)
* 6 pm (now)

If that is not enough punishment we will increase the level of abuse.

I thought we were here for an argument.

This is an Open Thread.

Pony Party!

This is an Open Thread but it’s very important you don’t promote or recommend it.

The concept is that like Booman’s Frog Pond or TDS/TCR this be visible in the ‘Recent Diaries’ list for people who wamt to participate for a limited time.

There are going to be three chances-

* 9 am (slacker)
* 12 Noon (now)
* 6 pm

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