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Posted in: Once 'green' plug-in hybrid cars suddenly look like dinosaurs in Europe See in context

Demise of gas stations in Europe?

Not yet - trucks/lorries still require diesel

PHEV is a no brainer, yet it seems people with short-distance urban journeys are making decisions - in a polity defined by seasons hot and COLD.

And, is Holland typical of other markets let alone inside Europe.

As well, what are policies now for pushing people to the alternative of public transport networks?

Finally, discord in comments over germs in shared vehicles - geez, when will some people ever see wood from trees?

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Posted in: Suu Kyi's party demands her release as Myanmar generals tighten grip on power See in context

Back to the future for Aung San Syuu Kyushu.

She looks older and more tired now.

Kudos to the generals for timing - all the usual voices have their own COVID priorities now.

Feel sorry for normal citizens though, and the ethnic-cultural minorities

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Posted in: As Google eyes Australia exit, Microsoft talks Bing with PM See in context

As if a PM (especially a Morrison!) is ever going to inspire take up of Outlook orTeams over Gmail and the Google commercial pantheon.

That is solely the punters’ call.

GOOD luck!

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Posted in: Here is first look at new Ultraman movie from 'Evangelion' creator Hideaki Anno See in context

Get the old Ultraman clocks out - may get to be worth more to a generation encountering a reinvented 和SF icon.

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Posted in: James Bond movie 'No Time to Die' delayed again due to pandemic See in context

Lots of time to die, waiting for this one.

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Posted in: When you hear about the dark side of people like Phil Spector, Bill Cosby, Roman Polanski, Kevin Spacey and so on, can you still appreciate their work? See in context

Especially for actors, big problem is audience punters and media hacks mistaking performance persona for real actual individual persona.

Also, their performances take on aura and a kind of life of their own - think of all those songs in your head and not knowing who made them.

For instance, Kevin Spacey really is a Usual Suspect, and Donald Trump really was an Apprentice’s boss.

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Posted in: Do you think climate change could lead to a greater crisis for humanity than COVID-19 or any other pandemic that might occur in the future? See in context

Coronavirus is actually benign as pandemics go - just very contagious, and no clear medication at outset - affecting not everyone (local quarantine, lockdown and mask-wearing withstanding). Watch out for combination with other ones (eg. unreported bird flu outbreaks around Asia)

Climate change affects everybody and everything - the ‘no-brainer’ phenomenon of the age.

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Posted in: Do you think the post-pandemic world will be awash with corporate bankruptcies and prolonged unemployment in most countries? See in context

2020 - People found themselves stuck

2031 - still stuck - mindset change, and with all hat changes, adapting.

Some will be left out, left behind; some to have opportunities open up which were not there before.

Tricks are to recognize change and be able to change.

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Posted in: 7-Eleven Japan to double the shelf life of their onigiri rice balls See in context

Depends what filling is:

ikura - forget it

konbu, umeboshi, even some of the dreadful mayo shi-chicken and cooked salmon - yeah

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Posted in: Wearing someone else's face: Hyper-realistic masks to go on sale in Japan See in context

Next is getting a mask of one’s own face and wearing it

Don’t laugh - there are always suckers

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Posted in: Are you becoming numb to the daily reports of surging coronavirus cases or does it still worry you when you see each day's figures? See in context

Bird flu worries me more

At least yakitori is still available in a Coronavirus zone, and infectious ness and control is easier nowadays

Numbers infected are one thing - For pandemics, pay more attention to percentages

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Posted in: Is Joe Biden's election as U.S. president good news for Japan? See in context

Maybe predict better

Less groveling to the unhinged.

(Mabe) less #Bass Fink & I’ll on JT

Certainly emptier World News on JT too.

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Posted in: Increasingly normal: Guns seen outside vote-counting centers See in context

2nd Amendment from the age of flintlock muskets and pistols to allow for militia on the occasion of tyranny, not SARS in the time of, well they say it is democracy:


At least it is not simply “shoot” the vote counters - yet.

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Posted in: Prepare to get rid of 'hanko,' Suga tells government See in context

Still have my はんこしょうめいしょう from 1985 - never used it once in property settlements, contracts, post office and government transactions.

Lost the Hanko too, but still have the card.

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Posted in: White House staff, Secret Service eye virus with fear, anger See in context

POTUS as biohazard - do your jobs, people!

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Posted in: Alec Baldwin defends Trump satire on 'SNL' while president hospitalized See in context

Satire is overrated regarding Trump

He satirizes himself anyway.

COVID-carrying Trump as threat to Secret Service-protected persons anyone?

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Posted in: Play misty for me See in context

Yeah, the mist is cooling, but so is the shade.

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Posted in: Are you an anti-vaxxer? See in context

Not anti bad, just anti coercion-by-hysterics.

Eg. I don’t have flu vaccine, but do gay pneumonia vaccine at own expense.

Why? Flu (and COVID) are viruses - vaccination works with antibodies from bacteria. Anyway, these viruses mutate rapidly making any vaccination (if there actually were any really possible) useless after, say, 3 months.

So, basically I don’t like idiots telling me what to do.

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Posted in: Hot run See in context

How do you know it is a man, blue face-covering notwithstanding?

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Posted in: Azar meets with Taiwan President Tsai on breakthrough visit See in context

Well, a place with its own army, navy, currency, list of trading partners, de facto Olympic and other ‘country’ sports team recognition, public institutional recognition in numerous nations and one of the top 15 biggest economies in the world, not to mention autonomous internal and external political infrastructure, can be on a list for any government as a place to visit and deal with.

Part of China’s Monroe Doctrine I suppose.

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Posted in: Saizeriya restaurant develops face mask to wear when eating See in context

Reminds me of masks on nurses at the Boston flu hospital in the winter of 1918-19.

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Posted in: Japan lacking burial grounds for expanding Muslim population See in context

Koran is God’s voice though the prophet - different from Bible which is just God-inspired message (basically a guide - even Old Testament), and Buddhist mantra, sutras, Talmud, even the Book of Mormon.

So don’t even bother with secular arguments. Divergent interpretation just makes it worse.

Always the option of just using local rules in Japan where laws seem not to exist until they are applied.

Personally I like the old Farsi custom of leaving the bodies around the temple for the vultures, out in the open as in some cultures in Africa.

Then there is the ‘Soylent Green’ option - the unpalatable solution to world hunger problems.

Just don’t disregard the proximity of people in mega cities and other large population centres who have a different view of what to do after death, and hysterical uninformed ad hoc responses that can follow.

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Posted in: Lavender and lake See in context

Clouds around Fuji appear and shift so rapidly

Even 10 second is not enough margin

Good shot!

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Posted in: Shoe man See in context

Doing it properly, customer too.

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Posted in: Tokushima: Raiders of the lost park See in context

Irritating for me was not being able to get the jobs to move to Tokushima from Kochi - it was always life, not job.

Still I could live in Kochi, and in Shikoku (once in Tokushima before 平成), and LIVE I did.

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Posted in: Has the coronavirus made you rethink what's important in your life? See in context

Just constant reminders of aspects of human nature.

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Posted in: Japan's new stimulus package to be worth ¥117.1 tril See in context

No, Cyprus, not Crete,


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Posted in: Japan's new stimulus package to be worth ¥117.1 tril See in context

fund the costs, Japan will issue an additional 31.9 trillion yen in government bonds under the second supplementary budget for the current fiscal year ending in March 2021, according to the draft.

That will push new bond issuance for the current fiscal year to a record 90 trillion yen. When including issuance to roll over debt maturing during the year, Japan's total issuance for the year would hit a record, exceeding 200 trillion yen and further straining the country's already tattered finances.

There are always the PostOffice savings accounts - lots of cash there. Well, it happened in Crete and Iceland

But Japan is different, and the Japan scenario in the end still works.

Ordinary people’s tax and 年金 could well change up and down respectively though.

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