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Posted in: UK lawmakers vote against no-deal Brexit; now aim for delay See in context

Basically this vote is a message to the rest of the world that the UK is completely spineless. Only 43 votes, what a shame.

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Posted in: Britain in Brexit chaos as parliament crushes May's EU deal again See in context

I, quite perversely "wish" that the hardest Brexit comes to pass. So that all these idiots clamoring for a no-deal can get their comeuponce.

Yes like when we idiots were against joining the Euro and were told London would disintegrate as a financial centre.

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Posted in: Britain in Brexit chaos as parliament crushes May's EU deal again See in context

The vote over the whole UK was a difference of only 4%. Hardly a number you'd want to base such a massive change on.

So what do you do? Just ignore the result? Have referendums until the margin is 5%? 10%? 15%? Abandon democracy? Whats the solution?

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Posted in: EU rebuffs May; says no-plan Brexiteers deserve 'place in hell' See in context

Judging from the votes, very anti-Brexit (presumably local) crowd here! Very different from those who live in the EU, who are very divided, and not just in the UK, for example polls in Italy have indicated that less than half of people would vote to stay if asked. I guess you're just smarter right? That's always been the least helpful part of this debate: calling those who voted to leave stupid.

Seems to me there are wider implications for this kind of thinking and Tusk's comments. If, after clear instruction from the British public to leave, two years of working towards it results in an extension of Article 50 or a Brexit In Name Only, the message seems clear: you CAN'T leave. Somewhere in between a 1975 referendum to stay in the common market and now we've become irrevocably intertwined and permanently sacrificed sovereignty. If so, massive implications for democracy and what it means, on who's watch did it happen? why were the public not consulted or even made aware of it? and are EU member states now effectively hostages? A no-deal Brexit should be preferable to facing these questions.

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Posted in: 'Batman vs Superman' and Hillary doc tie at Razzies See in context

Me likey too. Rotten Tomatoes critics score: 27%. Audience score 64%. What critics tell us they like != what people actually like.

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Posted in: Amid protests, UK lawmakers debate downgrading Trump visit See in context

As the article points out we've rolled out the red carpet for far worse. What a pointless waste of time debate. Chances of the invitation being withdrawn are exactly 0. Just anti-trump bandwagon jumpers and those silly enough to bother to debate it with them, all of whom seem to have nothing better to do.

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Posted in: UK government loses Brexit case; must consult Parliament See in context

If the plebs had voted the way they were told, there'd be no need to get parliament involved. Get the irony?

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Posted in: Not many shoppers See in context

Not many shops.

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Posted in: Spain grind out win; Rooney the late hero for England in Euro 2016 qualifiers See in context

And Charlton did it from midfield. When it really mattered, in three World Cups, Rooney did as well as Matthew Upson, with 1 goal. Only took Upson one World Cup though.

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Posted in: New version of Batmobile unveiled ahead of 'Batman v Superman' See in context

This is gonna make Batman lame again for 10 years like Clooney did in the late '90s.

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Posted in: Blatter: FIFA will root out corruption, regain soccer's trust See in context

Those who have been arrested will be singing like canaries to avoid big jail time and it won't be long before Blatter is in the dock

I'd rather see it done with hard evidence. Maybe Blatter deserves it but the idea of the US being able to subject anyone, anywhere, to their plea-bargaining based justice system, which is not allowed in many countries, is frightening.

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Posted in: Hull relegated, Newcastle survives on final day of season See in context

Most boring premier league season ever. I completely lost interest in it weeks ago. The quality is also pretty average as demonstrated by English teams in the champions league. Hard to understand its global appeal and the size of the new TV deal given what's on offer.

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Posted in: Prison sentences should be capped at 20 years See in context

Still the American system is based on the concept of avoiding the innocent being jailed

Thanks for the laugh.

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Posted in: Mark Hamill said he was 'suspicious' of J.J. Abrams See in context

@wtfjapan

In which country? They were always released in May in the US.. June in the UK. I queued around the block.. maybe for three hours or so. Remember the poster too... and my Return of the Jedi sticker album. Those were the days.

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Posted in: New 'Star Wars' teaser, cast information revealed at event See in context

Interesting to listen to Abrams talk.. he didn't quite come out and say the prequel trilogy was crap but he implied it. Looks like Star Wars is in safe hands this time.

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Posted in: Smartphones are nothing more than poison to intelligence, personality and creativity. See in context

I think he couldn't be more wrong, being constantly connected to the Internet is making us smarter.

Some studies have linked smartphone usage with increased brain activity. Any students with a smartphone would have been able to check that out instantly and call BS.

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Posted in: U.S. senators want FIFA to move 2018 World Cup out of Russia See in context

Am I the first poster here to point out the irony of Americans taking interest in 'soccer' affairs?

For the last world cup, more tickets were sold in the US than any country other than the hosts, Brazil. US TV audiences for world cup games are now comparable to the likes of Germany and England but increasing all the time. When FIFA is finally sorted out, the US is likely to become one of the most influential countries when it when it comes to 'soccer affairs'.

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Posted in: Germany, Portugal boost Euro 2016 qualifying hopes See in context

They might as well all give up now that we've got Harry Kane.

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Posted in: 'Haafu' to represent Japan at Miss Universe 2015 See in context

I'm glad the kids and the people with kids are OK with the word. If I had kids I'd probably have to be too. Other choices would be to be really angry all the time.. or to try and alter people's sensitivities to this in Japan (futile).

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Posted in: Five things expats wish Japan had See in context

Yeah, when I first came here I used to miss some of the delicacies of British cuisine such as beans on toast, monster munch sandwiches and the chip butty. I think it was good to wean myself off that stuff though.

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Posted in: Arsenal beats Man United 2-1 to reach FA Cup semifinals See in context

Well done to Welbeck. He was shown the door so they could bring in an expensive import and he's come back to show them they were wrong. Welbeck is easily good enough to contribute what Falcao or Van Persie have done this season.

@USNinJapan

When a United player gets sent off you often say things like "effectively decided the outcome". I remember you said the same when Nani was sent off against Real Madrid. Did you know that sometimes teams adjust their tactics and can still will, or not lose, despite being down to 10 men?

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Posted in: Guten Tag See in context

Japan's obsession with humanoid robots is very quaint. In an age of self-driving cars and drones they're painting cute faces on toys and calling them robot astronauts. Good photo op I suppose, but come on its been done to death already.

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Posted in: Japan has to toughen up, says J.League boss See in context

Tactical awareness, better coaches. This has been shown in Europe, where for example there are ten times more UEFA Pro License holders in Spain and Germany than there are in England.

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Posted in: Young rescues Man United; Chelsea preserve lead See in context

Its a real shame Liverpool had that disastrous start to the season. If had started better and were 6 or 7 points behind Chelsea now, then I would back them to win the league. The current gap is too much to make up, but they'll definitely finish above Southampton and those long-ball merchants United.

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Posted in: 'Jihadi John' won't have the same impact unmasked See in context

Let's just execute him and then if he's found innocent

Now that would take one hell of a lawyer... if the mask doesn't fit, you must acquit.

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Posted in: Don’t want to pay your NHK TV license fee? Beat Takeshi agrees with you See in context

Good to stand up against this kind of system, I'm glad a lot of people in Japan do. Where I'm from half the country has been brainwashed by the national broadcaster and you can go to prison for not paying them for the privilege.

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Posted in: IS executioner 'Jihadi John' named by media See in context

Plenty more where he came from.

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Posted in: FIFA recommends Nov-Dec for 2022 World Cup in Qatar See in context

As an England supporter I'd like to see us boycott this.

I'll be avoiding products from FIFA sponsors whenever possible.

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Posted in: Magazine asks women if they’d rather date an ugly millionaire or unemployed hottie See in context

There's no such thing as an unemployed hottie to the vast majority of women. A woman could still be appealing to a man without a job or money but the rules of attraction simply don't function like that the other way round.

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Posted in: Volvo says self-driving cars will react 'faster than most humans' See in context

If the hype about self-driving cars is true and they can be shown to be safer, I don't see how the arguments like driving is fun, or we can't implement laws to determine who's liable in accidents etc. are going to fly. I mean just a 10% increase in safety would save so many lives. I bet it'd save a lot more lives than all the expensive wars on nouns such as terror, drugs etc.

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