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Posted in: Meeting Israel's Netanyahu, Trump backs away from commitment to Palestinian state See in context

Ah, the only true "special relationship" is reaffirmed. Are you looking UK and Japan?

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Posted in: How do you distinguish between real and fake news? See in context

It's a good question, especially as it is not necessarily just what is included but what is omitted. When I see news on issues I happen to know more about I often think it does not concur with what I know and naturally I wonder if news about everything is either created out of ignorance or to maintain some line or stereotype. But anyone with a critical education and scepticism should be able to navigate the news most of the time. Oftentimes things just won't add up.

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Posted in: Confusion over 2020 Olympic golf venue dates back to bid See in context

Lots of old men sucking teeth wondering how they can implement a very temporary admission of women and then kick out any who might have the temerity to join after the Olympics are over.

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Posted in: NY Times says Trump campaign team had repeated contact with Russian intelligence See in context

It is gonna be so satisfying to see the bloated ego of Trump facing utter disgrace.

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Posted in: Police looking for clues over murder of N Korean leader's half-brother at airport in Malaysia See in context

followed by Kim Jong Chul, who is a few years older than Kim Jong Un and is known as a playboy

Looks like Kim Jong Chul might want to watch his back too.

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Posted in: Easing of regulations allows me to run businesses in the United States more easily. President Trump is a person with whom I can talk frankly with in an honest debate. See in context

Easing of stupid regulations allows freer business but easing of good ones allows business to displace costs on to everyone else.

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Posted in: Who would you say has been the most famous fictional character of the past two centuries? See in context

Well, it's Dracula out of this list who has been around for longest, and he has been legend for even longer. We could say the Frankenstein monster would give him a bit of a run for his money having been around as a fictional character for longer, though not as legend.

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Posted in: Remote control: Companies blur lines over who owns devices See in context

To be honest, it is getting to the point where I don't trust any device or app that is connected to the internet, even for a minute, nor the companies that make or operate them. And this is not how I imagined the internet would be. It gets more like "1984" with "Brave New World" thrown in as well to keep the masses pacified.

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Posted in: How algorithms (secretly) run the world See in context

I often feel like I live in one big algorithm designed several decades ago.

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Posted in: Japanese killjoys wage war on Valentine's 'conspiracy' See in context

Hard to know if they are ironic or not. But this being Japan and all, probably they are deadly serious. In any case, it is quite heartening to see some alternative points of view for once in a place not renowned for many.

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Posted in: N Korea fires ballistic missile; Abe, Trump condemn launch See in context

It might be irrational, given the internal oppression of North Korea, but somehow I find myself cheering the underdog now for thumbing its nose at the US and Japan. I guess that's what "honest" Abe and post-truth Trump can do to you. The world is going to hell in a handcart in any case.

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Posted in: Scientists make thin material that acts as air conditioner See in context

Yes, MarkX, I can read quite well. But when it mentioned this material that "dissipates the sun’s thermal energy in the form of infrared radiation," I just wondered how it differed from the aluminium foil mentioned.

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Posted in: Kirin to buy Mandalay Brewery: Nikkei See in context

Looks like we will now have to wait for craft brewers in Myanmar to push back against blandness. It could take some time. But I am heartened to see some in Thailand.

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Posted in: Scientists make thin material that acts as air conditioner See in context

slightly more than aluminum foil

Researchers found the material could cool objects by dissipating the sun’s thermal energy in the form of infrared radiation.

It needs a better explanation than here to convey how this material does this better than aluminium foil itself would.

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Posted in: Trump attacks on judiciary raise safety concerns for judges See in context

This is not going to end well. Rational debate is becoming a thing of the past. Delusion is driving it out.

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Posted in: U.S., Japan first ladies: Both unconventional yet poles apart See in context

a political spouse who does not shun the limelight and disagrees publicly with her powerful husband.

I don't think there is that much difference. There is probably more contradiction in their own internal thoughts than between them, just like most nationalists.

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Posted in: Human actions are driving species to extinction See in context

worse, denying the problems even exist

Yes, I can imagine this, especially in post-truth America. Perhaps the same people who deny anthropogenic climate change. "Everything is Awesome" under President Business.

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Posted in: The prime minister's attempts to build a good relationship with President Trump are embarrassing compared to European leaders who have voiced stern criticism of Trump's immigration policies. See in context

So why exactly is desiring for your country to remain homogeneous a bad thing?

Well, one good reason might be that in Japan's case it looks like it ultimately means enfeeblement and extinction. Few of us want that but one way or another Japan will change.

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Posted in: Japan took in 28 refugees in 2016, despite record applications See in context

People from white and western nations have been slaughtering and stealing whole countries and now that they feel sorry they say immigration from those they wronged is a right.

And Japan didn't? The only difference seems to be that Japan doesn't feel at all sorry. It must be to do with the culture, eh?

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Posted in: Which credit card company do you recommend? Have you had any trouble getting a credit card either in Japan or abroad? See in context

Before the GFC they were giving away credit cards with cornflakes, in the world outside Japan at least. I sometimes wish I'd taken them all up, maxed them all out, along with every other loan I could have got, and disappeared. Especially when I see how these banks have been leniently treated since. I might have enjoyed being a fugitive rather than be in the dreary, limbo-world existence since then. And I think there is still a lot of residual hatred of the banks and credit card companies out there. Though you at least get a better exchange rate with Mastercard than the rip-off merchants-extraordinaire the HSBC.

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Posted in: Trump disputes account of his Supreme Court nominee's comments See in context

Well, Bush Jr went after Kerry so chicken-hawks are always prepared to be brazenly hypocritical.

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Posted in: The prime minister's attempts to build a good relationship with President Trump are embarrassing compared to European leaders who have voiced stern criticism of Trump's immigration policies. See in context

Last time I looked the UK was still in Europe yet their PM has already held hands with Trump and already invited him to tea with the queen. No principles that can't be attenuated for the sake of the "special relationship" of servitude there, even, it seems, in the face of public opinion.

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Posted in: Trump disputes account of his Supreme Court nominee's comments See in context

This Spicer guy makes Suga seem whip-smart.

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Posted in: Japan took in 28 refugees in 2016, despite record applications See in context

28? Well, that will embolden those who think of Japan as the model for how their own country should be. There are plenty of those. Japan has no idea how it is a model for the xenophobes of the world. Or those who use cultural relativism as an excuse for their own mean spiritedness.

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Posted in: Trump says courts too political; no travel ban ruling yet See in context

The courts are "political" while it is he who exhibits the superior "common sense". I wonder if he really doesn't understand constitutional democracy at all or whether he is simply a dangerous Mussolini type who believes all the institutions should be subsumed to the power he holds. I guess the latter is becoming more clear. It's kind of interesting but terrifying to see the denial. I wonder how far he has to go to shake off the erstwhile supporters who still believe in constitutional democracy.

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Posted in: Bernie Sanders coming to Mississippi for march against Nissan See in context

Looks like Nissan wants to combine the worst of the work practices of the US and Japan. Still, we can rest assured that multi-millionaire Donald Trump is on the side of the downtrodden worker because he has signalled it over and over and not yet said it was "lighthearted".

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Posted in: For U.S. allies, especially those in Asia, there appears now to be a dual-track approach to the new administration. The closest allies, like Japan, Australia and the United Kingdom, need deep ties to See in context

The closest allies, like Japan, Australia and the United Kingdom,

The lackeys and poodles.

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Posted in: Battle for English Premier League top 4 finish to be closely fought See in context

I am yearning nostalgically for last year already when Leicester City were showing all of us how. This year it looks like Chelsea's to lose. Not great after the pre-season promise of a competitive season to come but at least it's not Man Utd in the driving seat. Arsenal once again capitulate at the first sign of trouble. Past time for Wenger to go.

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Posted in: When you drink coffee or tea in Japan, do you prefer the chains like Starbucks, Tully’s, Doutor, etc, or do you prefer the traditional “kissaten?” See in context

I prefer at home from my stove-top espresso pot in my favourite mug. No smoke. No close-proximity tables. No luke-warm product. My own favourite music. ... I guess I should get out more though...

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Posted in: 2020 Tokyo Olympic golf venue postpones decision on full membership for women See in context

"barring women from full membership was out of step with the times"

Why not just plain wrong?

But how did it get this far? No vetting of venues for discrimination before the decisions were made by Tokyo, JOC or IOC?

Yes, I realise gender equality is a liberal, humanist position and as such is out of favour these days. If the golf club could wait a few years blithe discrimination will be back in vogue. Perhaps their hope is that times will change. They have three years.

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