albaleo comments

Posted in: What is rape? Despite #MeToo, few really know See in context

If she flirts on a date, she cannot cry rape later - even if she hasn't consented to sex.

And pushing a woman into intercourse but stopping short of physical violence does not equal rape.

This wasn't the actual wording of the questions asked. These were the question:

If they’ve flirted on a date but not been up for sex and it happened anyway

If they don’t really want to have sex but feel pressured to even though there was no other physical violence

One problem is that the questions don't indicate specifically whether the woman said "no". I think that leaves them somewhat vague and open to interpretation. You can find the details here:

https://www.endviolenceagainstwomen.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Data-tables-for-Attitudes-to-Sexual-Consent-research-report.pdf

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Posted in: Another Brexit referendum is a terrible idea See in context

What would happen if the result was:

It shouldn't be too difficult to have a first and second choice arrangement, like a single transferrable vote system.

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Posted in: Brexit deal in turmoil as May postpones Parliament vote See in context

@itsonlyrocknroll

Thanks. I clearly need to do some more reading.

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Posted in: Brexit deal in turmoil as May postpones Parliament vote See in context

The state aid rule, so called level playing field detailed within the withdrawal agreement will prevent nationalization of postal services, water, railways.

That's not my understanding. These services are nationalized in many EU states. The state aid rules are more about unfair subsidies.

http://www.politics.co.uk/comment-analysis/2018/02/27/corbyn-on-state-aid-fact-checked

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Posted in: May says Brexit deal defeat could topple British government See in context

I understand the Tuesday commons vote has been postponed?

So it seems. Jimizo's panto comment is on the mark. Or would the Benny Hill theme tune be more appropriate?

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Posted in: May says Brexit deal defeat could topple British government See in context

EU supporters will be pinning their hopes on a European Court of Justice ruling on Monday on Britain's right to unilaterally halt Brexit in its tracks.

The court has now ruled that Britain can unilaterally halt the Brexit process. I'm not sure that will make a difference to what unfolds, but I guess it makes it clearer what the options are.

A "Token concession"? This attitude of the EU is exactly why millions of people voted to leave the EU.

Was the phrase "token concession" actually used by any EU bureaucrat, or was it just the phrase used by the UK press to elicit exactly your reaction?

 Those snooty beaurocrats at the head of the EU Oligarchy have been looking down their noses at the working people while fanning themselves with their money for way too long

Some of us take the same attitude to the oligarchy in London.

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Posted in: Wado Sangyo develops robot mower See in context

What's special about this one?

Maybe this one works. Just kidding, but I've seen lots of these devices at shows and on TV features, but I've never seen one in any of my neighbor's gardens. The "area surrounded by wires" notion probably makes people pause to think. Whose lawn is bordered by nice neat lines?

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Posted in: U.S. draws Sweden for 2019 Women's World Cup See in context

Odd headline for a Japanese news site. Surely it should read, "Japan draws Scotland".

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Posted in: As Brexit crunch nears, campaign for new referendum gathers pace See in context

I think the case for a second referendum is that this time there is a plan (of sorts) to vote for or against. It would have been better if it had been decided from the beginning that there would be a second vote. It might have focused the government's mind on coming up with a plan that that would be acceptable to the majority. As it stands, it seems no one likes the current plan. There is a lot of talk about a "Norway plus" arrangement, but it may be too late to offer that option now. We'll see.

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Posted in: City hires a hawk to chase occupying army of crows away from city hall See in context

The Japanese language doesn’t really differentiate between crows and ravens

Is that because there aren't any ravens in Japan? I think these big urban crows are jungle crows. Smaller carrion crows are generally found in more rural areas.

once a week the crows that live here go to a park near the train station. They have a big meeting then go home.

What is it with these weekly meetings? Where I live, hundreds of crows fly in on a Friday evening to the woods behind my house, and then leave the following morning. I'm not sure whether they're having a wild party or voting on whether to allow in foreign birds.

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Posted in: China demands Canada release Huawei executive See in context

Leaving aside Huawei's and China's reputations, it's not clear to me the basis for her extradition. Did she commit any crime while in the US, which is the normal basis for extradition? If something is legal in China but illegal in the USA (e.g. supplying certain goods to Iran), and her alleged offense took place in China, why should she be extradited?

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Posted in: Man pleads not guilty over death of husband, wife in road rage accident See in context

I'm looking at the photo and wondering, Don't these folks have anything better to do?

That was my first thought on seeing the photo. On the other hand, if you take the view that every citizen of Yokohama should view at least one District Court trial during their lifetime, you would have a few hundred lining up for every trial. Perhaps they are just doing their civic duty.

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Posted in: Name your 7 favorite TV comedies of all time. See in context

The Phil Silvers Show

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Posted in: Lawyer: Nissan exec arrested with Ghosn asserts innocence See in context

 Don't Japanese exec cheat on there taxes all the time here? It does not seem like it would be as big of a deal if the CEO and exec were Japanese. Remember the TEPCO scandal and the shady goverment land sell? Don't hear about that anymore.

They may well cheat. However, the "big" scandals such as Toshiba and Olympus don't generally involve the execs seeking personal gain, at least not outwardly. The stories tend to tell us the cheating was done for the company. If Ghosn was simply taking money to add to his personal wealth, should we consider that the Japanese execs were genuinely horrified?

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Posted in: Former U.S. President George H W Bush dies at 94 See in context

My biggest memory is of his "error" about Pearl Harbor Day during the presidential campaign.

"I wonder how many Americans remember today is Pearl Harbor Day. Forty-seven years ago to this very day we were hit and hit hard at Pearl Harbor and we were not ready." (Sept 7, 1988)

A genuine mistake or a deliberate tactic? At the time, Dukakis was getting all the media attention. It seemed to change after that with the press monitoring his every word for another mistake.

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Posted in: Trump urges Abe to balance U.S. deficit with Japan 'very quickly' See in context

It would be more interesting if Abe, or anyone, urged the USA to balance the trade deficit.

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Posted in: Filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci dead at 77 See in context

I'm no movie buff, but some movies stick in your mind and become part of your life.

Thanks, Bernardo Bertolucci. You made my life richer.

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Posted in: GM to slash jobs and production in Canada, U.S., drawing Trump's ire See in context

For awhile from 2008 GM was known as Government Motors when Obama bailed them out.

I'm not too good with dates, but wasn't it Bush that bailed them out?

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Posted in: 5 misconceptions about trains in Japan See in context

It's just annoying when someone's brought on a bag of hot takeout food that funks up the whole car.

Sorry about that!

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Posted in: NASA's InSight lands on Mars for unprecedented seismic mission See in context

Yay science!

And a bigger yay for engineering. :-)

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Posted in: Ghosn denies allegations against him: NHK See in context

Nissan and Mitsubishi sever ties with Renault.

Or should Mitsubishi and Renault sever ties with Nissan?

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Posted in: EU finally seals Brexit deal; urges Britons to back PM May See in context

Should be rejected just to teach Europe that the Uk cannot be threatened.

I hope your children aren't watching.

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Posted in: Kelly denies underreporting Ghosn's salary See in context

Based on the very limited information we have I would agree that It is the fiduciary responsibility of the Board of Directors to know what transpired and they are liable for this. They are either lying or they are incompetent. Both are bad.

@Tokyo-Engr, how far does the board's responsibility go? For example, if a third-party company of auditors has signed off on the accounts, would that not be enough for the board? (Honest question. I really don't know.)

Like everyone, I lack information and just have a bunch of questions. Maybe it's just a simple case of Ghosn stealing the company's money. On the other hand, I heard today of a conjecture that it was to prevent Nissan having to pass on military secrets to China in the event of Renault and Nissan formally becoming a single company. Right now, with such a lack of information, we can't properly apply Occam's Razor.

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Posted in: Kelly denies underreporting Ghosn's salary See in context

Based on the very limited information we have I would agree that It is the fiduciary responsibility of the Board of Directors to know what transpired and they are liable for this. They are either lying or they are incompetent. Both are bad.

@Tokyo-Engr, how far does the board's responsibility go? For example, if a third-party company of auditors has signed off on the accounts, would that not be enough for the board? (Honest question. I really don't know.)

Like everyone, I lack information and just have a bunch of questions. Maybe it's just a simple case of Ghosn stealing the company's money. On the other hand, I heard today of a conjecture that it was to prevent Nissan having to pass on military secrets to China in the event of Renault and Nissan formally becoming a single company. Right now, with such a lack of information, we can't properly apply Occam's Razor.

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Posted in: Kelly denies underreporting Ghosn's salary See in context

Based on the very limited information we have I would agree that It is the fiduciary responsibility of the Board of Directors to know what transpired and they are liable for this. They are either lying or they are incompetent. Both are bad.

@Tokyo-Engr, how far does the board's responsibility go? For example, if a third-party company of auditors has signed off on the accounts, would that not be enough for the board? (Honest question. I really don't know.)

Like everyone, I lack information and just have a bunch of questions. Maybe it's just a simple case of Ghosn stealing the company's money. On the other hand, I heard today of a conjecture that it was to prevent Nissan having to pass on military secrets to China in the event of Renault and Nissan formally becoming a single company. Right now, with such a lack of information, we can't properly apply Occam's Razor.

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Posted in: Climate change could cost U.S. 'hundreds of billions' a year: study See in context

put so called greenhouse gases

Are you saying greenhouse gases don’t exist?

I'm not sure of the original poster's meaning, but "so called" is sometimes used by scientists too in relation to greenhouse gases. It's not that they don't exist, rather that their action is not exactly the same as a greenhouse.

where's the data to prove this sea level rise.

It's not hard to find data. (Interpreting it may be more difficult.)

https://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/sea-level/

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Posted in: Mother who left dead baby in train station locker gets suspended sentence See in context

there is nothing to prove the baby was stillborn

There is nothing in the article to prove the baby was stillborn. Or do you have further information about the court case?

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Posted in: Antidepressant use in England rose after Brexit vote, data shows See in context

Hard Brexit will, in its simplicity make it simpler for all.

Perhaps not for those who live near the border of that map on your icon.

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Posted in: Antidepressant use in England rose after Brexit vote, data shows See in context

Austerity policies that started in 2010 are a major factor, as is job insecurity, cuts to benefits, housing shortages etc caused by these policies.

That's what I would have thought. There is generally more depressing news in the UK about Universal Credit (new method of social benefit calculations) than about Brexit. Brexit is more of a for-or-against thing which gets us all fired up rather than depressed.

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Posted in: The Rolling Stones plan 13 U.S. live dates next year See in context

I bet it would have been a different story if they were women. 

I don't think so. If it were women renowned for their singing and music (Tina Turner, Shirley Bassey, Carole King) I would expect similar respect.

If it were men or women more renowned for their youthfulness than their talent (the Spice Girls, the Osmonds), then I expect the comments would be equally nasty.

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