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    The question is not whether the chickens needed replacing, the question is whether the fox should have been guarding them in the first place.

    by happymisanthropy on Tue Apr 20, 2010 at 07:49:55 PM PDT

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      … the woes of domestic industry and seeks to erect tariff barriers, impose "anti-dumping" penalties, etc.

      In the case of protest aimed against Japan, in the past populist sentiment has often expressed itself in ways that are racist.

      Different example. Although the press conference against Toshiba where nine members of Congress smashed a Toshiba radio with sledgehammers on the Capitol steps happened in 1987 (years after the Vincent Chin case) and was intended to protest equipment sales to the Soviets rather than auto imports, the violent imagery shocked people in Japan and left a bad taste.

      At the same time, however, many Japanese are troubled by the intensity of the American reaction.

      ''There is a sense here that the American Congress is making a witch hunt without substantial evidence,'' Mr. Amaya said. ''It's rather interesting that the Congress didn't smash Norwegian sardine tins, only the Toshiba radio.'' A Norwegian company, Kongsberg Vaapenfabrikk, was also involved in the illegal sale.

      The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war.

      by lotlizard on Wed Apr 21, 2010 at 01:46:47 AM PDT

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