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Posted in: Ensuring the energy transition is equitable See in context

While the impacts of change are real, the state mandated interventions are all too often ideologically driven or worse targeted at maintaining voter support. As all centrally controlled economies have shown a bunch of bureaucrats and political hacks are incapable of determining and managing the needs and requirements of a large and varied group of people, and the almost universal failure of efforts to regenerate areas affected by economic change proves the point.

Social mobility, the ability and mindset to move to where the work is was often a major factor in the growth and success of the old industrial areas. The lack of such is now a major factor in the problems now faced. Owning your own home is always a good slogan and a vote winner and in stable times a good thing generally but it has a down side if circumstances outside your control require you to up sticks and move or be left subsisting on the dole.

The solutions to these problems are complex but the simplistic throwing of ever larger quantities of public money at them simply doesn’t work, except in buying votes for cynical or deluded politicians.

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Posted in: There are increasing calls for toughening the penalty from online slander victims and others. See in context

The problem lies in the anonymity allowed on line, require the disclosure of identity in any case of defamation would remedy much of the problem

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Posted in: Lodging houses used as morgues create unease among residents See in context

What’s the problem, just quieter than usual lodgers! So long as they aren’t there too long and start to leak, if freshly dead they won’t even smell.

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Posted in: Koike says Tokyo Olympics will rekindle hope like 1920 Games after war, Spanish flu See in context

Is she truly ignorant or just a politician so lying comes naturally to her?

I had precisely the same thought on reading this as the vast majority of posters above. So if we all immediately see the difference between the two events, what is her excuse?

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Posted in: Seaside park See in context

Nice contrast between the two fields. I always know when it is rapeseed season, my wife starts sneezing! It’s the only thing she reacts to.

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Posted in: Winter Olympic boycott chatter shouldn't go any further See in context

The inconvenience and disappointment of a handful of athletes is as nothing compared to the suffering, pain and death of the untold thousands being persecuted in China. The Olympics are just a sports event, they are utterly inconsequential alongside what is going on in China and any sportsman or sports administrator who puts their own petty desires ahead of opposing genocide is so utterly morally corrupt as to be unworthy os respect or representing their country.

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Posted in: Aso repeats claim that treated Fukushima water is good to drink See in context

The man is an idiot.

Agree, spread it around Japan’s lakes and reservoirs if it is so harmless, then you negate all the international criticism in one fell swoop! Problem solved.

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Posted in: 8 killed, several others wounded in shooting at Indianapolis Fedex facility See in context

Is it sad, yes. Is it worth getting hot under the collar about, no. If the people of the USA were willing to do something about this the problem would not exist. The solution is not difficult, it has been applied successfully in numerous countries around the world, so if they do not choose to do what is necessary they have to live with the consequences and stop the trite and meaningless public hand wringing and “thoughts and prayers” comments while actually doing nothing concrete.

Anyone thinking of taking a holiday or otherwise travelling to the US should have this hazard brought prominently to their attention like all other warnings of deadly diseases.

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Posted in: Flash in the cam: Canadian MP sorry for baring all on parliament Zoom See in context

I agree with smithinjapan, it was unintentional, the guy made a cockup and is as embarrassed as any of us would be, so let’s all have a snigger and let the poor chap move on (or get on with getting dressed!).

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Posted in: Olympics 'difficult' after virus spikes, Japan medical group warns See in context

Sadly for Japan these Olympics have been a disaster from start to finish exacerbated by a failure of leadership.

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Posted in: TEPCO banned from restarting nuclear plant over safety flaws See in context

Instead of wasting all this time and resources trying to get back to the failed past, Japan should have spent the last ten years and the money in moving on to more sustainable solutions, the more so as it has enormous natural energy resources that are little used.

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Posted in: 'Please drink' treated Fukushima water, China asks Aso See in context

As it is well known the stuff is nowhere near safe I don’t think he will alas. Having said that China isn’t as pure as the driven snow on environmental issues.

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Posted in: Would you support a boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics? See in context

Boycott the Genocide Olympics!!!

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Posted in: Japanese study finds that writing by hand increases brain activity more than electronic memos See in context

Vastly prefer to write with a fountain pen, always found I could organise my thoughts better by writing things down and still do, also much better for learning things as well, facilitates memory.

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Posted in: Hyogo Prefecture to give 320,000 fans to restaurants for customers to cover mouths, dine 'safely' See in context

Yep, that’s the solution. Problem solved, pandemic, what pandemic!

I sometimes despair at the crass idiocy displayed by elected representatives (a problem not restricted to Japan) not to mention the utter contempt displayed towards squandering public monies.

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Posted in: Pubs, hairdressers set to reopen as UK eases virus lockdown See in context

Cut our hair today, adapted to our hairdresser closing in the first lockdown a year ago. Have missed the pub, especially at Christmas.

We will see if they can keep things open, there have been false starts before, depends on whether people are sensible and the cases stay low or continue to decline.

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Posted in: Tokyo Gas to install 19 offshore wind turbines in carbon-free push See in context

Late to the party but better late than never.

They need to go big, not this small scale project, fiddling around is not going to cut the mustard and achieve the carbon neutrality goals.

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Posted in: Post-COVID era of hybrid work beckons in UK See in context

There are too many up sides for the companies bottom line to go back. Bet the room isn’t that neat and tidy normally!

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Posted in: Chinese vaccines 'don’t have very high protection rates,' says official See in context

Oh for an edit button, new = knew

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Posted in: Chinese vaccines 'don’t have very high protection rates,' says official See in context

“We must follow it carefully” translation, “We must now steal this technology”.

I hope he had full party backing for this or he is done for. Even if he has he should be looking over his shoulder!

None of us new for certain, but they were so coy at releasing data on the vaccine that a lot of people were very suspicious. Looks like we were right to be so.

If the CCP now want to order any of the proven effective vaccines all well and good but they go to the back of the queue behind every other country in the world.

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Posted in: Amazon warehouse workers reject union bid in Alabama See in context

Turkeys voting for Christmas!

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Posted in: Police find 424 stolen items at suspected underwear thief’s home See in context

Another sad and weird!

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Posted in: Man arrested for stealing women’s shoes and replacing them with new ones See in context

Sad and weird!

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Posted in: New EU vaccine probe deepens Europe's COVID problems See in context

Zaphod, tell that to the relatives of the over 120,000 who have died in the UK alone not to mention the millions world wide. So no you are wrong.

Himari, the EU may have blown it and continue to compound their mistakes, but the EU is not the west. Your statement does not match the facts on the ground. Japan has delayed its vaccine roll out and been snail slow when it finally began, the EU has been slow in its roll out and the USA for reasons we all know has hardly addressed the issue until recently, so Japan and “the west” or at least a large part of it are in like situation so how has the west blown it. The only major country that has done at all well in Vaccinations is the UK, so are you saying the UK constitutes the west? Very kind of you bet I fear even I would not be so vain as to go that far!

The reason vaccine production centres were not built in every country is quite simple, comparative advantage. Building huge numbers of production facilities that for most of the time are redundant merely inflates unnecessarily the cost of vaccines. The last pandemic on this scale was a century ago so they would have sat mouldering to no useful purpose.

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Posted in: Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, dies at 99 See in context


Part of the background of my life. He will be missed.

Not impressed with the article, the usual nasty, snide and inaccurate digs slipped in. Wholly uncalled for and says far more (and none of it good) about the authors.

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Posted in: Crushing poll defeats for South Korea's ruling party See in context

Had a degree of hope for Moon when he was elected but alas he and his party have proven to be a disaster for SK. Between licking the a*se of fat boy and royalty screwing the property market for ordinary Koreans they have demonstrated a disregard for democracy, the rule of law and their own constitution that you would only expect in a dictatorship. At least his predecessor was only corrupt.

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Posted in: China warns Washington not to boycott Winter Olympics See in context

Boycott the Genocide Olympics!!!

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Posted in: United Airlines prepares to shake up white, male-dominated pilot population See in context

Woke stupidity. How can operating a system of institutional racism help to fight racism?

Racism of any kind is intrinsically inefficient not to mention stupid.

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Posted in: Kim Kardashian is a billionaire, says Forbes See in context


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