Luis David Yanez comments

Posted in: Lopez Obrador: Mexico's next president is 'stubborn' leftist See in context

Luis, are you honestly suggesting that the only reason that many people are concerned about American industrial policy and the extraordinary decline of manufacturing employment is because they are all racists and xenophobes?

Don't strawman me.

I said that it was the only reason for ethnic nationalists. Now a lot of people may agree in the measures taken by ethnic nationalists without agreeing with the content of their rhetoric.

And it was also in the context of Mexico, where ethnic nationalism is actually not a dirty word, but something to be proud of. It has been the main motor that justified the oil nationalization, and is one of the main talking points of Lopez Obrador.

In Japan: lower levels of poverty, lower unemployment, a skilled workforce, lower crime, social cohesion, lower income inequality, higher social mobility.

According to Japan's Health Ministry statistics, as on May 2017, 16 percent of Japanese children live below the minimum standard of living. Japan has some of the worst wealth inequality and highest rates of child poverty in the developed world, according to a Unicef report released in April 2016 that ranked Japan 34th out of 41 industrialized countries.

Unlike several other modern countries, Japan has no official poverty line, making it difficult to get accurate figures on those suffering impoverished conditions. Instead Japan measures poverty based on a "minimum standard of living" calculated using median income, the OECD index and other factors differing from prefecture to prefecture. Still, it is estimated that in 2006, when measuring on an individual basis using the Employment Status Survey, that 8.2% of regular employees made little enough to be considered working poor.

Nice talking point for Ethnic Nationalists, sadly it is more fiction than reality.

Also, you need to show that protectionist policies of Japan are responsable for this, since the number of people who get direct benefits from the protectionist policies (which covers mostly agriculture) is extremely low.

In fact, the USA is rated as a more protectionist country than Japan by the Index of Economic Freedom.

They protect and incentivise the entire auto industry regardless of whether innovation eventually takes the form of internal combustion engines or electric self-driving vehicles.

Not sure what you are talking about, since Japan doesn't have a protectionist policy on the auto industry.

There are no import tariffs on cars, and left -hand-drive vehicles can run in japan without even requiring modification.

The reason why Japanese people do not buy American cars has little to do with protectionism, since there are popular foreign brands like Audi.

Companies choose winners and losers every time they launch a product or make an investment, why is it unacceptable for the state to do this in specific sectors of the economy?

Do you understand the difference between a private company doing whatever they want with their money, against a publicly elected government doing things for the personal benefit of a few while using tax money of people who will get screwed by this policy?

If we achieve close to 100% automation where the only manufacturing jobs remaining are maintaining and overseeing the robots as they work, what is your argument for not imposing steep tariffs on foreign made goods? Once we have automated solar powered clean factories that are just as productive in one country as they are in another, why would imported goods be tolerated in a country that hasn't reached full employment?

What is your argument for doing so?

You basically would be forcing for each country to build their own factories of everything, which is redundant, a waste of time and resources for protecting nothing, since with a 100% automation there are really not that many jobs to protect on those industries.

But it would be a proud statement for anyone with nationalistic tendencies, I think.

So, we would be protecting the feelings of nationalists at the cost of billions of dollars. That makes sense.

I think Japan has already achieved this to a very large extent. Germany as well.

How exactly? Have you ever lived in Japan? Because it seems to me that you think that Japan is a demi-utopic nation, which is completely absurd.

Well, if you're claiming that certain types of skilled work is not actually skilled work, then I'm not sure how to respond other than to say that it probably shouldn't be called skilled work.

I agree, unfortunately if you use a keyboard, magically you become a "skilled worker" under most legal meanings of the word.

This seems like more of a semantic argument about job titles rather than the predictive validity of IQ. Also, general intelligence is not mathematical ability, good memory or problem solving skills.

Good to know, because that is EXACTLY what the IQ test tries to measure.

Also the methodologies on how it does it (meaning, the way questions are presented, and their value as the whole of a test) do not follow any scientific methodology, and there are many different standards and measurements of so called IQ.

So it's not even standardized.

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Posted in: Lopez Obrador: Mexico's next president is 'stubborn' leftist See in context

Do you agree that there is an IQ distribution in every society with people at the lower end taking the manual labour and manufacturing jobs

IQ is a flawed standard, since the requirements for many "skilled" works are not the same, in terms of raw mathematical ability, or for example memory performance or solving problems skills.

Not only that, but there are "skilled" works that are mostly just following simple orders.

The idea that "dumb people can only do dumb jobs" is not that accurate, and most of the idea is just based on stereotypes and lack of knowledge of current industries, like IT industries.

The idea that everyone is a blank slate with equal ability to retrain themselves into better careers is one of the biggest conceits of both libertarianism and neoliberalism as I see it.

Never said that people are a blank slate with equal ability, not ever I heard someone in the libertarian movement say it, that's just dumb.

No matter how much we try to educate people, not everyone can become a computer programmer, app developer, lawyer, banker, or CEO.

Maybe you cannot be a programmer, but you can be a tester.

You don't need to be a lawyer, banker or CEO to be successful, nor it wouldn't make any sense or serve any benefit or purpose if everyone just worked in high salary, high responsibility, high knowledge jobs.

If we want a healthy and functioning society, we need an economic policy which provides enough work for people at every rung of the IQ ladder.

That sounds lovely, but that sounds more like a pipe dream than a reality. Just as you said, not everyone is going to get the same jobs, the same salary or the same benefits.

There are limits to what a government can do, and as I said, a government cannot bend the rules of reality.

Protectionism does seem to be an effective tool to retain some of these manual labour jobs.

At what cost? With things like protectionism you are choosing losers and winners.

Not to say that protectionism almost always ends badly.

In the end, unless you become a complete isolationist, if some industry is getting so developed outside of your home country to the point that you cannot longer ignore it, because not just that industry, but the economy of your whole country can get underdeveloped because of your protectionist policies, the policy is going to end anyway, and in a more abrupt and violent manner.

And once again, if some part of your economy is dragging the feet of the whole economy, I cannot see how that is better, since it means less jobs overall and less development.

Japan is probably the best example of this sort of policy. We're all a bit poorer because of Japan's protectionism, but the societal benefits are worth it in my opinion.

What societal benefits? That a few people can continue to do agricultural jobs that make no sense, and just a simple typhoon can wipe out the whole potato industry for a year, and most people have to waste a lot more of money to buy simple things?

In those kind of cases, If they are really completely unable to do ANY OTHER JOB, I would rather for those people to get the so called basic income than to crash the whole economy just for their sake.

But they haven't been in decline. They've actually been increasing,.. in Mexico of course.

Mexico had a so underdeveloped industry that anything is an increase. But Mexico is still way behind in terms of manufacturing than the US or Canada.

The only reason why it's a talking point for the ethnic nationalists is because they are foreigners, and of course, foreigners are evil.

Just like Lopez Obrador, who wants all foreigners out of many industries in Mexico.

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Posted in: Lopez Obrador: Mexico's next president is 'stubborn' leftist See in context

I don't think working families have the time to contemplate how to retrain themselves. The smart ones will find their niche, the dumb ones will apply for free money and food like so many are doing thanks to Obama.

Well... the fact that this is still a problem, even thou the manufacturing jobs have in decline for decades now, make me think that at least most of the people who think of this as a problem worthy of electing someone president to fix it are in fact, as you put it, in your condescending "dumb" category.

I know people who lost their jobs in this industry, and just moved on, and never really thought of it as a problem... so yeah

So what is a leader supposed to say or do? "Hey, give up!"

Well, a good leader says the hard truths, a crappy leader says whatever you wanna hear.

That's exactly why Trump is considered a "Populist", because he is just saying things people wanna hear, even if they are not true of make no sense.

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Posted in: Lopez Obrador: Mexico's next president is 'stubborn' leftist See in context

It doesn't hurt to try.

It actually does hurt, because instead of people retraining themselves so that they can work in another industry, many are just waiting for their job to "come back".

What ever came of Obamas "hope and change"? Did you believe that? Nothing seems to have changed.

Never believed in "hope and change", and never liked Obama either.

How can anything be worse when nothing has changed??

The fact that people do not try to move on is way worse than people accepting the fact that the economy and the world has changed, and they trying to adapt themselves to current trends.

It's just as bad as doing nothing or going to see a woo-woo doctor when you have cancer.

You are wasting vital time that is not going to come back.

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Posted in: Tokyo gov't passes strict anti-smoking laws See in context

The benefits of the medicine are there for all to see, if they bothered to do a bit of un-biased research.

> As a smoker, even I can see the former is a poison.

Anything can be a medicine or a poison depending on use.

Even water can be a poison.

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Posted in: Tokyo gov't passes strict anti-smoking laws See in context

I cannot get how people who think up strawman arguments to 'prove' some point or other do not see the logical dissonance of their position.

It's hardly a strawman. Prominent Pro Marijuana people are also Anti Tabaco. (Eg. Bernie Sanders)

And the inverse is also true. Many prominent Pro Tabaco people are Anti Marijuana.

In fact, the reaction I got, which is that Marijuana is good and Tabaco is bad is something regular I get when I point out that if the fact that they are Anti Tabaco also mean that they are Anti Marijuana.

After watching both my parents and a brother kill themselves with cigarettes, the sooner the vile weed becomes illegal, the better in my book. Banning it from restaurants - all public places - is a start.

Making something illegal doesn't mean people are going to stop doing it. It just mean that you are going to make criminals out of common folks.

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Posted in: Lopez Obrador: Mexico's next president is 'stubborn' leftist See in context

We both know that slave labor rules the day. One day China is going to run dry. It's already happening. Then move onto the next slave labor country.

Once again, this was once upon a time a talk point that mainly was brought by people on the left to talk about the evils of capitalism, so it is ironic that you now blame the "MSM mafia" for exactly what the socialist talk point was not so long ago.

The thing is, it's not that easy. Are labor rules horrible in those countries? Yes, they are.

But, once again, sorry for being a buzzkill, but there is no easy solution to this problem.

For many people in these country, the alternative to their horrible labor rules would be starve to death. In fact, that's why many of these people continue to work under horrible rules and abysmal salaries.

The misconception appears to come from the idea that "this is a necessity" of the global economy, but that is not true at all.

For example, even thou far far away from the standard of developed countries, China's labor standards have been going up steadily, and one of the main reasons for this is because of the flow of capital.

And also, and this is a talk point that is always ignored or ridiculed by people of your political view point, but the main engine going on from here that is going to keep manufacturing labor costs cheap are not slave labor, but automatization.

In fact, manufacturing in the US is still a thing, but MOST of the manufacturing work is automated.

For example, in the past, for Ford to make an assembly line of their cars, they required more than quadruple the number of people now are required to run the new automated assembly lines.

There has been no other president that has addressed this vacume of the "working classes" for the last 70 decades. Is it so surprising that anyone who talks like this will be met by the corporate deep state MSM mafia?

It's true that for a long time politicians ignored these peoples struggles... but once again, there is very little that can be done. The best thing that can be done is reeducation for these people so that they can engage in some other type of work.

In fact, it is WORSE for these people what Trump is doing, by promising that they will get their jobs back, when that is NEVER going to happen.

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Posted in: Lopez Obrador: Mexico's next president is 'stubborn' leftist See in context

So excuse me, for a minute there I thought you were standing in a line, bashing Trump because that's what is popular.

Whats your reason?

Is this it?

So you really believe that there cannot be any valid reason, like a difference in ideology or understanding of concepts like the economy as to why someone would not like Trump?

Can you show any evidence that Trump is acting in the normal corporate culture that is/has destroyed the middle class in the US?

I would have to agree with your world view in the first place to say something like this.

You somehow believe that global trade has "destroyed the middle class", without any data or anything to show this is the case.

First, and is a little bit ironic, the "middle class" idea is a Marxist concept. The idea of the "middle class" refers to the "Working class", which, once again, comes from Marx works which is based on the idea of social classes, and the "class struggle".

These are all talk points that were first used by the left, but thanks to the new populist right in the US, it has gone to the right.

The reason why there is a rise in income inequality in the U.S, i because there is a rise of rich people in the U.S.

If the rich become richer, it doesn't matter how the rest of the population is, the Gini coefficient is going to go UP.

Now, many of the people who are pro Trump because of the economy, are for the most part blue-collar workers which have seen in the last decades a decline in their living standard.

And even thou it is understandable that people are pissed off because of this, they also need to understand that there is LITTLE that can be done to reverse that, since the golden age of manufacturing in the US peaked many decades ago, and is not going back, it doesn't matter how many protectionist measures you take, or how much politicians say they are going to fix everything.

Like it or not, politicians are not gods, and do not have the power to bend reality to what they want.

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Posted in: Supreme Court vacancy: Culture wars just beginning See in context

My first reaction at this news title was "Huh? Is there a Supreme Court vacancy??", and of course, they weren't talking about the Supreme Court of this country, but of the USA.

I just wonder all the time, why are there so many US national news and opinion pieces written as if we live in the US in this supposedly Japanese news site.

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Posted in: Tokyo gov't passes strict anti-smoking laws See in context

One is poison, one is medicine. Hardly comparable.

Many opioids are also a medicine... That doesn't make them legal for recreational use.

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Posted in: Remembering Anthony Bourdain through his travels in Japan See in context

Who is this guy?

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Posted in: Tokyo gov't passes strict anti-smoking laws See in context

I just cannot get how many of the same people who are so anti-tabbaco and pro-marihuana do not see the logical dissonance of their position.

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Posted in: Lopez Obrador: Mexico's next president is 'stubborn' leftist See in context

Again with the slogans.

That's not a slogan, it is a common saying.

It means that just because you have "good intentions" doesn't mean that you are actually doing something that is going to be good.

But I guess that should be a given in this MSM brainwashed climate.

I'm actually libertarian who dislikes for the most part socialism... so no, you are just painting anyone who disagrees with you as your worst enemy to never even listen to what they have to say.

A long time ago it was smart to never trust governments. 

What are you talking about???

Are you for or against being skeptic of what people in the government say, because you are the one who is siding with head of governments that share your own ideology.

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Posted in: Australian supermarket staff suffer abuse after single-use plastic bag ban See in context

These bans are bags full of unintended consequences.

Bans really aren't a solution to this problem. Like it or not, if you want for people to stop using plastic bags, you need to give them an alternative that is just as good and convenient, or people are just never going to accept the change.

At my local supermarket they instituted a plastic bag charge of like 5 yen a bag or something, I think by the end of the month the decision was reversed and bags were free again. I wonder if some of the staff here were treated like the Australians in this article.

I also had a similar experience. People just went to their competitors across the street after they started to charge for the bags.

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Posted in: Have you had any bad experiences using Airbnb? See in context

My company used Airbnb a LOT.

Instead of paying for capsule hotel, paying for a hotel way too far away from our Tokyo Office, or wherever we had to work at that time (which is usually in places where hotel prices are high, and they are usually full), our company used to rent a big nice house with Airbnb at about the same price.

It was always a good and fun experience.

Last time we went to Tokyo for a Job, there simply were no places to stay any longer. Many of the places we used to rent just went out of business.

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Posted in: Lopez Obrador: Mexico's next president is 'stubborn' leftist See in context

Im sure Trump will get along fine with Obrador as they both want to make their countries better, not worse.

The road to hell is paved with good intentions. I'm sure they will get fine in things like international trade, since they both think that the way to go is to focus strictly on the internal market of a country... ignoring the global trade, and the facts about how some economies are better at something than others.

Isnt wipe out corruption kind of similar to drain the swamp...?

It's exactly the same thing, and just like "drain the swamp", there are 0 specifics of what he is going to do (other than to put his friends in power positions... like Trump)

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Posted in: Lopez Obrador: Mexico's next president is 'stubborn' leftist See in context

This guy has way too many things in common with Trump.

When he is loosing he calls it a fraud, when people talk about thing he has done calls it fake news, his proposals are extremely vague, he seems to think that just by being president the country is going to change for the better, blames foreigners for economic problems, is against free trade, has a very limited vocabulary, his supporters see him as a demi-god, never apologizes even thou he was showed 100% to be wrong.

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Posted in: Airbnb, Uber woes show Japan does not share easily See in context

It's a little bit more complex than the anti-lobby tries to paint it.

None of these business are 100% against regulations, and indeed, a lot of the real concerns that people have about these can be addressed, but the thing is, the regulation is overreaching to the point that it just crushes the competition in favor of already stablished industries.

The popularity of Uber and Airbnb has more to do with prices and accessibility than with anything else.

In the case of Japan, for example Taxis are extremely over-regulated.

You require an special 2nd license in order to be able to transport other people, and you need an special business license plate for your car. And if these were the only 2 requirements, I could see Uber trying to play by those rules, but that's not all.

The price system is also regulated. You cannot charge less or differently in any way to what the local regulation requires.

This basically means NO COMPETITION, since ALL taxies are the same, in terms of price.

The Airbnb thing is also similar, but in a different fashion.

The safety concerns a lot of people claim because of services like Airbnb are not that rock solid and up to debate, which is talk about how to solve the safety concerns, and not just ban it, or making it so that it's almost imposible to rent.

Things like the "180 day" limit, is nothing more than a gift to the hotel industry, since it really doesn't addresses any of the concerns that people have.

Also, if you have read the local regulation, they are full of misconceptions and outright bigotry against foreigners.

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Posted in: Japan's retail sales miss expectations as cautious consumers hold back See in context

Japan's economy is expected to bounce back in April-June from the first-quarter contraction that ended the longest growth run since the 1980s bubble economy. Analysts said the slump was caused by one-off factors such as bad weather and saw it as temporary.

Well, apparently there has been nothing but "one-off factors" like bad weather since the bubble exploded.

I don't understand why these people can still claim that "the economy will bounce back" when it hasn't done so in the last 3 decades.

The worst thing I that Abe already said that he is not going to "delay anymore" the second rise of the consumption tax, even when their own experts have been saying that it would be better to just don't do it.

The economy is going to enter into recession next year, just based on the last 3 times it did so when the consumption tax was raised.

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Posted in: Tokyo gov't passes strict anti-smoking laws See in context

The ban restaurant / bar ban will impact all establishments that hire staff. Small places run by only the the owner (and or a family member) can chose whether to be smoking or non-smoking.

This is kind of a hypocritical double standard. Basically what is saying is, if you want to be a smoker friendly establishment, you cannot hire anyone, which basically means that your business cannot grow.

Places that opt to have a smoking room must make that a separate room that doesn't leak into the non-smoking area.

Yeah, but "customers cannot eat or drink inside the smoking area", which just seems like a "punishment" for smokers, just like the Tabaco taxes.

What also makes no sense at all, is that most of these rules also apply to Electronic Cigarettes, even thou they are a completely different beast, and these rules force those who wish to vape to share a room with the smoke of regular cigarettes, in many instances defeating the whole point of Electronic Cigarettes.

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Posted in: Tokyo gov't passes strict anti-smoking laws See in context

I don't think that getting people to step outside for a fag is a huge infringement on their personal freedom. Smokers in other countries have taken it in their stride.

I was actually talking about the right of establishments. If an establishment wants to be smoker friendly, I don't understand why they should be forced not to be.

For example, I personally would love if there were EVER no drunks who smell horrible, vomit inside the establishment, and act horrible inside a restaurant, and I tend to go to places with a low rate of those kind of people, but not because of my preferences, it means it is OK for me to force establishments to enforce my personal views on the matter.

Also, it really doesn't matter if most countries were to jail for life smokers, not because "everyone else is doing it" makes it right.

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Posted in: Tokyo gov't passes strict anti-smoking laws See in context

Another subject in which I'm in the minority in this comment section.

I HATE smoking.

I actually hate all types of drugs. I HATE alcohol, and HATE how people see it as something that is "normal" for people to do, and see as "abnormal" when people do not do it.

That said, I also believe in personal responsibility, and in personal freedoms.

I'm happy to not have to smell a smoker, but I'm not happy that establishments cannot set their own rules on this matter.

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Posted in: Osaka to start recognizing LGBT couples from July See in context

Another small step in the right direction.

Way too small.

Let me put it in this context: Some local regions of Taiwan started to adopt these kind of legislation after Japan started with Shibuya. These registrations were criticized by the LGBT movement in Taiwan as a "Joke" because it was for the most part meaningless since it was almost not legal binding, and after 2 years of discussion the supreme court of Taiwan declared that not recognizing same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

Meanwhile in Japan, International couples are unable to get family visas, are there is now in court a case of a Taiwanese man who is being deported, even thou he has lived for decades in Japan with his Japanese partner because the Japanese Government refuses to accept the de-facto marriage status for same sex couples (an status that even incestuous couples can enjoy).

And if you try to bring your legally married same-sex spouse to Japan, he might get visa, but it won't be a family visa, but an "Special activity" visa, once again, because the Japanese government simply do not want to accept same-sex couples as being married under any circumstance.

These legislations are unable to solve any legal problem that LGBT people have, which is the number of people registering with there "partnership agreements" is abysmal.

If you want to get more legal rights as a couple in Japan, it is way more useful to "adopt" your partner (which is a practice people from the LGBT community have been doing for decades), in which your partner is legally seen as your family (unlike these certificates, which do not).

It is also more useful to sign personal marriage contracts coupled with a will with help of a lawyer, since it will be more useful in case of separation or death, unlike this certificate that does nothing more that being an "official gay card" with almost 0 benefits.

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Posted in: Japan to propose resuming commercial whaling at IWC meeting in Sept See in context

That all said, it becomes a question of personal ideas about ethics and so forth, and most people happily tuck away meat themselves...

I agree it is a problem of personal ethics, but the Anti-whaling movement doesn't care what your ethics are on the problem, they will force you to take the "right" choice.

Not to mention that most anti-whaling people are closet vegan with ideas of "animal liberation", which is something most people would find insane.

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Posted in: Japan to propose resuming commercial whaling at IWC meeting in Sept See in context

This is one of those issues in which I know I'm at least in this comment section in the minority, but I will still state my opinion, until I can hear a good enough argument, and not just appeals to emotion or plain ad-hominem attacks.

As the first poster said in their first post, for most of the world, this problem has been already decided as "Whaling is wrong", even thou in some parts of the world history, whaling was not just common, but a necessity of the time.

My position doesn't come as "It is a cultural thing", or "We need to protect culture", and I'm not someone who believes that protecting traditions makes any sense, even more if they aren't that good of traditions, but the anti-whaling movement has proved to be a little to weird from my perspective.

The original purpose of the IWC was to "provide for the proper conservation of whale stocks and thus make possible the orderly development of the whaling industry". It was basically set as a international governing body to avoid extinction of whales because of overhunting, and to protect endangered species. But in 1982 it adopted a moratorium after basically most of the members became part of the anti-whaling environmental movement, basically using their power transform the IWC into something it was never meant to be, since the idea of the moratorium was based supposedly to be a "ten-year moratorium on commercial whaling to allow whale stocks to recover", but in the end it became a indefinite moratorium saying that "This provision will be kept under review, based upon the best scientific advice, and by 1990 at the latest the Commission will undertake a comprehensive assessment of the effects of this decision on whale stocks and consider modification of this provision and the establishment of other catch limits.", but this moratorium wasn't even under the advice from the Scientific Committee.

So, basically, environmentalists took control of the IWC and made it a governing body to prohibit whaling.

The anti-whaling movement is just too weird for me, because for some reason they decided that Whales are somehow an special animal, some times even making reference to their intelligence and other anthropomorphic traits, as a reason why whaling is wrong.

Some time they make the argument that they are endangered, but oppose whaling even for not endangered species.

As I see it, the anti-whale movement is kind of another irrational environmentalist movement based more on feelings than in substance.

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Posted in: North Korea was firing missiles over Japan like it was the 4th of July last year. Look at all the things we've had, there's been no missiles fired, there's been no rockets fired. Japan thinks I'm like a world hero over there. See in context

Trump lives in his own "alternative truth".

The idea that he is a hero is non-sense, as anyone who lives in this country knows, but things like reality or truth has never been an obstacle for trump to call on their fake news.

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Posted in: Trump threatened to send 25 million Mexicans to Japan: report See in context

Donny, Donny, this kind of bigotry is lost in translation.

If you said "Koreans" instead of "Mexicans", then Abe would have laughed with you.

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Posted in: 'Wake up Punchy!' - Trump jabs back at De Niro See in context

Oh no, a celebrity said something nasty about the president of the US!!

He will surely show him with a misspelled insult tweet!

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Posted in: Japan enacts law to lower adulthood age to 18 See in context

For me this is a little bit too late.

I came to Japan alone when I was 19, and I remember a lot of problems I had because even thou I was adult in my own country, I wasn't in Japan.

I wasn't able to even make a contract for a cellphone, bank account, and the already difficult real-state market was even more difficult with a lot of properties not accepting "minors".

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Posted in: Airbnb says new law regulating short-term rentals 'stinks' See in context

What this law is going to encourage is going to be an "illegal market" of short-term rentals.

I know I will be using any "illegal" service that ignores the law.

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