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Posted in: Does beer taste better from a bottle or a can? See in context

From a schooner (a 370 ml glass, not sail boat) in the beer garden outside the public and saloon bars in many pubs in New South Wales and Queensland in Australia, especially if Asahi is on tap.

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Posted in: Are EVs (electric vehicles) good for the environment? See in context

Simple EVs - try China (an unknown EV country in Japan).

Silicon, lithium and God knows what else they make batteries from are one thing, energy going in another.

Lots of EVs are top of the range, with lots of precious and rare-earth metals going into them. They are a thoughtless environmental problem.

A simple EV, without all that, with recyclable parts and infrastructure for that - sorry, but China produces a few with non-Chinese names.

Go from Japan, and Korea, to other places, even Europe and China where they have even long-term planned for this, and you can find.

But it is still a market driven endeavour, and a relatively closed market one at that.

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Posted in: Student in Tokyo arrested for giving illegal haircuts to thousands See in context

Arrest my wife (who cuts my hair quite well enough)!

good LUCK!

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Posted in: What do you think of environmental groups like Greenpeace? See in context

Whatever agenda Greenpeace’s and similar voice’s are essential.

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Posted in: Ground Self Defense Force conducts live fire drill See in context

Same old …

A kind of spectator sport.

And Gotemba ain’t Miyakojima.

Events like this are to show off to

the locals, to inspire hope

the ‘enemies’ , to inspire second thoughts

Does it work?

Just number 1

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Posted in: Modi, Blinken meet Pacific Island leaders in Papua New Guinea See in context

Last paragraph is the kicker.

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Posted in: Do you think there is a role for monarchies in any country in this day and age? See in context

People, communities need senses of tradition true and false, circuses and thereby distraction - as long as they don’t know they are paying for it.

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Posted in: Screen icons headed for blockbuster Cannes festival See in context

I wonder how many of those people have houses there. Or yachts.

Thank you JT - don’t need to know any more.

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Posted in: What is the biggest change to your life that was brought about by the COVID pandemic during the past three years? See in context

Presumption of online

Finding governments discover actual potentials of their power, using it, then abusing it., plus people experiencing it. Take a generation for that to settle down

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Posted in: Do you think starting/ending a romantic relationship with someone was easier before there was social media? See in context

Paul Simon’s ‘ 50 Ways to Leave your Lover’ was pre-social media.

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Posted in: Who do you think is currently the most powerful world leader? See in context


But even the CCP don’t know everything CCP has, does or is. Does Xi?

And PLA are not THAT much under its thumb.

Rationale for officials’ words from China is to say something to enable getting next higher job.

Xi however is already there, and actually says less than you’d expect.

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Posted in: Nuclear power advocates say it is a necessary energy source that will buy the time needed to develop cleaner and safer alternatives. Do you agree with this view? See in context



2 reasons:



Believe if you like, but …

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Posted in: VW joins e-car price war as global rivalry heats up See in context

For a huge market,

VW's China chief Ralf Brandstaetter said the group needed to make cars "in China, for China" if it wanted to boost e-sales there -- and do so faster.


in smaller markets, including rising developing countries - with or without E-charging infrastructure, other strategies are needed.

Eg. Australia, e-vehicle range-range angst is an issue. PHEV seems a goer there.

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Posted in: Do robots and AI lead to more job creation than they destroy? See in context

Still too early to tell.

Wait till AI sentience, or something.

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Posted in: Craft brewers drink to success of Yokohama startup's new 'beer paper' See in context

Only one thing to say:

Cheers to this idea!

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Posted in: We’re living in the age of being connected or reachable 24 hours a day by one device or another. Is this a good thing? See in context

While I/we remain tactile, and autonomously mobile, or until have physiological digital interface, the way we are is the way we are - switched off unconnected until we decide to have a device, switch something on and connect.

In the end, humans are still detached till they choose not to be.

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Posted in: What's the best onsen facility you have been to in Japan? See in context

Furusawaya in Niigata-ken on the way to Aizu.

Full-on early Showa, old style, labyrinthine, well maintained, usually empty with wonderful rotenburo overlooking river bend, so often just you.

Or オーベールジ土佐山 above Kochi City, on side of valley with 60-degree+cedar-covered slopes, newer, but wooden rotenburo planks deteriorating since I first went in mid 2000s.

Or ‘ラミネート’ onsen somewhere in Oita, with weird bubbles of nitrates or something all over skin, fizzily tingling.

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Posted in: Australia to speed up purchase of sea mines to boost maritime defense See in context

Ships had to be demagnetised after WW2 to avoid all the magnetic mines (still) left in the seas.

If crisis starts, these forgotten weapon-types will be cried out for.

Seems like someone is planning contingencies (too much).

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Posted in: Japan to allow unlicensed electric scooter riding from July See in context

Strongest evidence yet of implicit public policy to even out youth-aged demographic balance or just stymie population growth.

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Posted in: Are you financially better off now than you were this time last year? See in context


I got a job,

which sucks.

Now for a Plan B.

Or C

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Posted in: When you were a teenager, did you think much about issues concerning the environment, such as climate change, pollution, recycling, energy and water conservation and so on? See in context

Pollution was the thing then

That being said, climate change acceptance or denial regardless, action leads to cleaner environment on the whole.

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Posted in: Tokyo Metro adds platform display showing where least crowded parts of the next train will be See in context

Still trial - complicated.

Complicated yet if can be done, great!

Till next complication.

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Posted in: What advantages does marriage offer that a single lifestyle doesn't? See in context


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Posted in: Petrol stations' days may be numbered See in context

Developing countries are markets for so many used internal combustion engine vehicles that until their current supply dries up gas stations will be around.

Big, open developed countries the same. Smaller affluent car producing markets shifting to electric are still not the main markets.

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Posted in: 'Raincoat Man' arrested for stealing 360 women’s raincoats; says it's 'as exciting as lingerie' See in context

What about fabric?

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Posted in: Are you making fewer phone calls than you used to, preferring instead email, texting, FaceTime, Snapchat or other social media? See in context

I am older, many video calls overseas, fewer locally, so not a good person to ask.

Better to ask who still use FB or WhatsApp -lots of channels coming and going in the social media world

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