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Posted in: Wales dominant as it beats Russia 3-0 to win group at Euro 2016 See in context

I know exactly what will happen to England. We will get Portugal in the next round, Ronaldo will score a hat trick and bare his six pack, and that'll be the end of another sorry foreign adventure for us.

Why oh why does England never, ever win competitive games comfortably? We never have as many cliff-hangers during qualification... With our striker talents we should have won that 3 or 4 nil.

BTW well done Wales

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Posted in: Missing Hokkaido boy found alive in SDF hut in forest after 6 days See in context

That'll learn 'im not to throw stones at cars!

Only kidding (though it might) very glad he's safe. Poor little fellow.

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Posted in: Trump, Sanders explore staging unusual presidential debate, bypassing Clinton See in context

Zaphod, so is stating his intention to ban Muslims from entering the United States "showmanship"? Apart from the fact that it would be impossible to impose such a ludicrous restriction, do you think it wise to antagonise every single member of a worldwide religion with more than a billion adherents, the enormous majority of whom wish no harm to anyone?

It doesn't stop there - he is also promising to repeal the (limited) progress that the USA has made under Obama towards stopping global warming through human-induced climate change, on which there's a broad scientific consensus Worldwide, by taking advice from unqualified and politically-biased advisors. His tax reform policy is admirably simple but cuts tax for everybody with no clear accounting for how such a huge reduction in tax revenue would enable him to cover existing govenment commitments, let alone increase spending on the military and looking after veterans. It's economically illiterate, just a joke. Nothing he is saying has been properly throught through, nor does it stand up to intelligent scrutiny. His policy statements are like a right-wing wish list thrown together by a committee of idiots.

Apart from baiting right wing audiences and character-assasinating his fellow Republican contenders (not too difficult when you are running against fundamentalist nutters such as Ted Cruz) we haven't heard very much convincing evidence from Trump about how anything he proposes will make America "great" again. In truth, he will make your country a laughing stock and hasten its demise. That's not something I want to see.

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Posted in: China says Nanjing more worthy of remembrance than Hiroshima See in context

One point being made by the China Daily is essentially correct. Japan was the aggressor and its defeat was necessary. In that way, terrible and tragic as the consequences were for the civilians involved, arguably Hiroshima and Nagasaki were necessary evils to prevent far greater bloodshed.

Of course the problem is that there is always the rampant hypocrisy which you get when the CCP's mouthpiece makes pronouncements about the war - China's own current ruling party has killed far, far more Chinese people than the Japanese ever did, through its psychotic, criminal ideology. Mao was a brutal, amoral mass murderer who starved millions of his own citizens to death, and his successors have robbed their own people to the tune of Billions through corruption.

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Posted in: Trump, Sanders explore staging unusual presidential debate, bypassing Clinton See in context

Nobody needs to give Trump a pass. He has been making himself unelectable by the US electorate with his combination of offensive, baseless slurs and wildly impractical policy pronouncements for months now. The fact he's won the Republican nomination says more about the quality of the other candidates than it does about Trump, who is a ludicrous joke.

I don't particularly like Hillary, but at least she has a sense of decorum and political experience at the highest levels.

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Posted in: Fire damages Tokyo's famous Golden-gai bar district See in context

Shocked my the number of negative comments here. Perhaps people lacking the guts to go and see what the place is really about? (and that's not to rip people off, in my experience...Golden Gai and Kabukicho are NOT the same) But if you don't like the place, don't go! If you do, cherish one of the very few bits of Tokyo history that has not been razed and turned into yet another block of dull tower mansions or a faceless shopping mall full of idiots.

All the haters side with the vandals who have been steadily knocking down anything of historic relevance or merit in the past few years - and there was scarce little to start off with ! Long may Golden Gai and Omoide Yokochou and their ilk survive.

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Posted in: Death by overwork on rise among Japan's vulnerable workers See in context

This time of year makes me sad. Seeing the freshman / freshwoman cannon fodder off to celebrate getting entry-level jobs on a long treadmill to ultimate disappointment (or in some cases an early death) is actually pretty depressing. So full of enthusiasm and life, only to be chewed up by Japan Inc, "for fear of something worse".

It's a horrible confidence trick to play on the young and optimistic - that getting into a top university, then fighting your way through more exams to get into a famous-name company will only result in you being treated like a slave with no right to life for the next 30+ years. And yet students still believe that this is somehow the best course in life.

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Posted in: Abe defends new security laws as protesters denounce them See in context

I had to laugh when I saw the Chinese News Agency Xinhua making some sort of editorial comment on this story, with reference to democracy.

If the Chinese people don't like their own domestic security laws, who can they vote out in response?

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Posted in: Syria's Assad tries to polish image with Palmyra's recapture See in context

Given the choice of Assad or the "righteous" child-raping head-choppers of Daesh, I know who I'd go for... and the other alternative is chaos.

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Posted in: Syrian forces retake Palmyra in major victory over IS See in context

Hopefully the Russians will have plenty of napalm left to drop on the retreating ISIS cowards.

Seems they couldn't even blow up the "idolatrous" ruins very effectively.

ISIS doesn't seem to be so tough when their opponents have weapons to defend themselves.

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Posted in: Abe hosts Mugabe as Tokyo vies for influence in Africa See in context

I am disgusted that my taxes are being used to pay to entertain this international pariah.

Shame on you, Abe. Shame.

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Posted in: Trump warns of riots if he is denied party's presidential nomination See in context

Trump's a joke, and a bad one at that. I was originally inclined to think that he was a Democrat plant, but now I am not so sure.

His rise is like Jeremy Corbyn's to the Labour Party leadership in the UK - driven by a disillusioned group of voters who are ill-informed, ill-advised and looking for a change, no matter how ludicrous that change may be.

America will see sense when faced with a vote - clown Trump will have no chance.

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Posted in: Oscar man See in context

want to see a great movie about man vs bear? watch Grizzly Man - there's no happy ending, but it's true...

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Posted in: Chinese foreign minister accuses Japan of constantly seeking to make trouble See in context

Er, and who voted you into office, Mr Wang Yi? Oh.....nobody. You were appointed by an unelected, corrupt junta.

Go to the people, get a democratic mandate, THEN you have the right to speak for your country.

Thank you

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Posted in: Economy, strong yen defuse 'explosive' Chinese shopping in Japan See in context

This is more to do with the crashing stock market in China than the strength of the yen, which is still far weaker than it was 3 years ago. Consumer sentiment is weakening.

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Posted in: Damning study finds a 'whitewashed' Hollywood See in context

Everyone knows that the Oscars are commercially rather than racially driven, anyway - there's no chance that a non-mainstream small-budget indy film will ever win best picture, however good it may be, no chance at all. If a film starring black actors had made a big pile of money at the box office, it'd have had a fair chance. Just didn't happen this year, that's all.

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Posted in: Police officer commits suicide with pistol in station toilet See in context

Usually the cause of suicide is clinical depression. Comments here that life as a police officer in Denenchofu must be demoralising aren't really helpful. People who are well-adjusted don't go and shoot themselves in the head just because they see other people who are happier or wealthier than they are. It's childish to suggest that, and to speculate on any links between the two cases, as well.

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Posted in: Fiennes defends playing Michael Jackson, colorblind casting See in context

Why does anyone find this strange. It's no stranger than the fact that a man who was undeniably born black went through all sorts of medical procedures to en-whiten himself and reconstruct his natural face into a horrible plastic distortion that was all but unrecognisable from the handsome boy he once was in the Jackson Five.

But as MJ himself sang, "it don't matter if you're black or white"

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Posted in: Dolphin activist detained in Japan says he's 'political prisoner' See in context

Given the option, he refused to leave the country and now he's calling himself a "political prisoner"?

You have to understand that if you make trouble in Japan, whether your cause is just or otherwise, then you may be denied entry. He knew this and is playing it up.

He obviously didn't come into the country as a tourist if his aim was to make a political protest against killing dolphins, so he's effectively defeating his own argument here.


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Posted in: Memo to U.S. citizens: Pay your taxes or you may lose your passport See in context

Life is complex enough without having to worry about tax demands from a country where you don't live...

Expat U.S. cousins, you have my sympathy.

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Posted in: Hadid says Japan trying to take her Olympic stadium design copyrights See in context

Mark my words, the new rip-off design will end up costing much the same as the rejected Hadid design - which I actually thought was OK. Now the JSC are going back on what was agreed in a freely signed contract and trying to force acceptance of their "revisions" by maliciously withholding payment. If they persist, the next stage is that Hadid's contract lawyers take this lottery-funded (i.e. public-funded) organisation to the cleaners.

Shame on them.

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Posted in: 37-year-old woman arrested for attempting to kill 3-year-old daughter See in context

Sadly, infanticide happens in all societies, not just here. So does mental illness - and I suspect mental illness is the primary reason that people commit such terrible acts. Driven beyond the edge of reason by depression or schizophrenia.

Lots of people are too quick to blame the father here, when no-one knows the exact circumstances.

In any case it's a tragedy, and I hope that the little girl makes a full recovery.

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Posted in: Guns N' Roses reunion set for April See in context

LCD Soundsystem - eh ?

The Americans are mainly the imitators when it comes to electronic music ("Raves" arrived in America ten years after Europe), the Europeans, particularly the British, were the originators, with perhaps the exception of some early Detroit house music pioneers who were largely ignored in the USA.

GnR, however... yes, legends. But Slash without Axl has thrived - he's a (British born) genius - while Axl's career since falling out with Slash has not amounted to very much.

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Posted in: China stocks plunge, trigging another market halt See in context

Hmm, what a great idea... China's efforts to control what should be a free market are having completely the opposite effect, encouraging nervous investors to join a stampede to sell every time the market starts to dip.

It's a triumph of wishful thinking over market realities, which even the might of the CCP cannot ultimately control.

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Posted in: What is the best way for the international community to deal with North Korea? See in context

I was tempted to say "a pre-emptive nuclear strike" but they don't seem to have much of a sense of humour, do they?

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Posted in: China announces plan to limit large share sales See in context

Yet another "dumb China" story...

The circuit breaker system has obviously exacerbated the problem it was designed to solve - when you know that the emergency exit door's going to be locked, you rush for the exit all the faster. Totally, and predictably, counterproductive.

As for this measure, well there are going to be a lot of investors with 4.999 percent shareholdings of companies from now on (which will mean a lot of extra incentive to sell shares in the short term), and there will be even less reason for international investors to put their money into China in the first place. Another stupid own goal.

The CCP can't control everything. They are learning this the hard way.

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Posted in: Serial underwear thief re-arrested for assaulting woman See in context

Sounds like attempted murder to me - not just some trivial theft.

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Posted in: Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' returns to German market in new form See in context

Germans should be free to read this.

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Posted in: N Korean leader says raising living standards his No. 1 priority See in context

Hmmm.... perhaps the best way to achieve this, Kim Jong Un, is to NOT spend billions on developing intercontinental ballistic missiles that you will never use and don't need. Nor on bribing the stupidly oversized army to support your unelected and totally illegitimate criminal dictatorship.

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Posted in: IS puts up heavy fight to slow Iraqi troop advance on Ramadi See in context

Not sure that the Russians had anything to do with this outcome.

As before, look at the evidence - IS has only succeeded where defences have been weak or defenders demoralised, and its main "weapon" is a ready supply of morons who have been persuaded that blowing themselves up in order to kill others is a path to paradise.

In the long run this strategy clearly CANNOT WORK. Nor is it smart to make enemies of absolutely everyone or to extort & terrorise the citizens of your new "state". Hence, against properly armed, supported and organised opponents, IS have always lost, and will go on losing. In Tikrit, in Sinjar, in Tal Abyad, in Ramadi and soon enough in Jarabulus and Aleppo and Palmyra, Mosul and Raqqa.

IS is doomed - if nothing else by its own stupidity.

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