NZ2011 comments

Posted in: Denver sportswriter out of job after tweet about Japanese Indy 500 winner See in context

What a shame that something so silly was said.

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Posted in: Two men killed in Oregon train stabbings after anti-Muslim rant See in context

Dogma no matter its name is dangerous.

Until we promote, and want, a society of maximal freedom for the largest amount of people it can be extended to we will see groups being targeted, and we will also see groups being over represented as aggressors.

This goes both ways.

Personally I think religious wear is silly, be a it a head scarf, big cross or I love Jesus T-shirt, but response in kind is the only thing thats OK, which is, I don't wear outwardly religiously inspired clothing or accessories, and perhaps, although I don't, wear a T-Shirt or similar that expresses my lack of an association to a religious group or support of something I am interested in.

About as far as you could go in a fair and equal society is to have a conversation and ask why someone wears something and talk about why you don't think that makes sense or perhaps learn something new.

There is no excuse for this man, a sad and disgusting situation, and while it ended terribly its at least something that others tried to defend these young people.

Just be careful, if you are happy to attribute his dogmatic beliefs, which I think are clearly a factor, don't then defend or disregard dogmatic beliefs in other situations.

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Posted in: N Korea fires ballistic missile that falls into Japan's EEZ See in context

They really seem to be asking for trouble don't they.

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Posted in: Bangladesh police arrest 27 youths over homosexuality See in context

Akula... Morally wrong? what does that even mean?

Why closed door, not gay myself but if I can hold my wife hand can a gay person not hold their partners hand for example?

At least you agree the state has no place putting these restrictions on adults.

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Posted in: Bangladesh police arrest 27 youths over homosexuality See in context

Not just Gay and Lesbian, also atheist bloggers are being killed and so on.

This is what theocracy brings you folks, reject it always.

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Posted in: I wanted the compromise plan to be accepted so anti-passive smoking measures can be in force by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, but everything has gone back to the beginning. See in context

Look if the government doesn't have the gumption to follow nearly every developed nation and more heavily restrict where smoking can occur they can at least massively increase the price...

Come on Japan........

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Posted in: Two Indonesians sentenced to 85 lashes of cane for gay sex See in context

Back into the dark ages we go.

Don't care the specific label, Islam, Christian, conservative, 'Family first' or what have you but there seems to be some very unhealthy obsession with what people other get up to in the bed room.

Remember.. while one day you may agree with a restriction based on beliefs.. that doesn't mean one day a different faction or more conservative section won't do things you don't agree with, which is why we should all actively promote the most freedom for the most people at all times.

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Posted in: Business, leisure travelers ponder flying without laptops See in context

Not all airlines have in-seat entertainment, in-fact some rely on the devices they are now restricting...

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Posted in: Business, leisure travelers ponder flying without laptops See in context

I travel for business frequently, sometimes with 3 laptops, as Im going to trade shows and the like.

I see the likelihood of damage quite high if checking in all those items, which would leave me in a terrible position when I arrive... let alone the lost time on an average 10hr flight.

If you end up on some old United Plane, or a budget airline you might not even have any entertainment for the duration of the trip, read a book you may say, and I suppose I will have to have one or two incase but I see likely increase in onboard "rage" as we have seen lately as people get frustrated, annoyed and bored.

This is a serious imposition, for which the risk reduction seems minimal and questionable..

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Posted in: Trump revealed classified info to Lavrov at White House: officials See in context

Well lets hope this Comey business gets the attention it deserves, sure forum right wingers, with evidence, due process and so on, but the accusation that the sitting President asked that an active investigation 'go away', then removed the person heading the organization currently investigating issues related to them is at odds with the very ideals of a free and democratic government system and about as serious as it gets.

Politics isn't easy, its not a business, at its best its not about quarters or simply ensuring you are elected once more, or that your chosen side of the political spectrum gets what it wants at all costs, or single handedly making all the decisions, its long term plans to help as many people as possible have better lives. At its worst is difficult choices and interactions that require intelligent, measured, appropriate, well thought out responses and decisions.

This additional gaff, or mistake, or unwise choice, whatever it is, on top of the tweets, hung up phones, the serious nature of the Comey situation and so on, in my opinion, just further shows that this person is not fit for this position.

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Posted in: Oita zoo names baby monkey Piko after PPAP singer See in context

Words in any order are just words, not magic, not reasonable excuse for action other than to respond in kind.

People can be offended all they like and that is entirely your right, but your or anyones offense is not reason in itself not to do or say something.

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Posted in: Japan may become 4.5 C hotter if no anti-global warming steps taken See in context

Burning Bush.

Weather and climate are different.

"Theories" (in the non lay person meaning) are reevaluated, updated or even abandoned based on the quality, amount and understanding of the evidence, that is a GOOD thing.

The consensus if we are on a path to climate change, towards warmer, infant most ardent deniers don't deny that its getting warmer, just the cause.

Economies are important no doubt, but surely there is money to be made and industries to grown and change even if the goal is simply to have better air to breath. Even been in Beijing on a bad day barely see a few meters in front of you, thats what unregulated "progress" only policies get you.

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Posted in: Fukushima village begins sowing rice for 1st time since nuclear disaster See in context

I really don't understand why anyone wants to do this.. there are so many other towns and places around Japan that could use some farmers I have no doubt..

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Posted in: Trump fires FBI Director James Comey See in context

Firing someone that is investigating you, sound like due process in a free and democratic society, not really, strangely it sounds like a bad reality show.

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Posted in: Jakarta's Christian governor jailed for two years for blasphemy See in context

Fred, here here.

Im no fan of islam but this sort of nonsense isn't limited to muslim majority countries, rather than singling out that particular mess, the answer is simple and less targeted toward a specific group, simply believe as you will, but keep it out of law, politics, medicine and education thanks.

Remember, while a decision, law, policy may suit your views this time if some more fanatical part of what ever dogma you follow takes power you might not be so keen.

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Posted in: Jakarta's Christian governor jailed for two years for blasphemy See in context

You have to ask yourself what kind of "all powerful/good/great god" needs the "laws of men" to protect it....

Almost like they don't really exist at all....

These type of laws belong in the history book, be wary of anything or anyone who claims they are above question, enquiry, comment and even satire.

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Posted in: Which form of renewable energy do you think is the best alternative to nuclear energy? See in context

I think its always going to be combinations until we find a good storage medium/system.

I truly wish Japan would take the opportunity to become a world leader in this, there was a golden chance after the tragedy in 2011 for Japan.

Japan doesn't always invent well but it is excellent at taking a technology or field and refining it for excellent yield and reliability.

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Posted in: Thousands march in Tokyo for LGBT awareness See in context

Good for them, and great that while there is a still much to be achieved we are at least living in a place where this is possible.

If you have a real issue with something like this, you really have to ask yourself how does this effect me in anyway, and is forcing your point of view on other people more important and justified than the happiness and freedom of others?

We should be affording as many rights as we can to as many people to live their lives as maximally free, happy and peacefully as possible.

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Posted in: Japan wrestles over smoking ban as Olympics loom See in context


Even if it doesn't cause heath issues, which I'm certain it does, even if only asthma, it stinks, are you, or the smokers going to pay my dry cleaning bill?

Its a sensitive area as I have had several relatives pass away from smoking related disease.

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Posted in: Trump enjoys health care victory; hails ties with Australia See in context

This is the problem when partisan politics rule, it doesn't matter if there was any good sense, reason or parts to keep, simply the message is, last guy was bad so lets undo it all, even if we don't have anything to replace it.

I genuinely hope the people who end up losing out look back and want to consider what voting for extreme changes in government direction mean for the common person.

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Posted in: Japan wrestles over smoking ban as Olympics loom See in context


Its not a western standard, its a human standard, human rights to allow customers and workers especially to have healthy environments to be in...

Well all know marijuana isn't going to be anything allowed in Japan anytime soon, if ever, and I haven't seen anyone argue for it in this thread, so what does it have to do with the topic at hand?

Your logical fallacy is;

with a bit of;

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Posted in: Japan wrestles over smoking ban as Olympics loom See in context

The point I find in the article most amusing is the considerate part, yes, EXCEPT for this one thing most Japanese people are on the whole are considerate..

How many times have I seen some old man light up in front of kids and pregnant women... and when walking around throw the butt where ever they please.

Personal freedom, how about the freedom to go get some food or a drink, neither of which effect anyone else without some unhealthy, and at very least stinking smoke all in my lungs and all over my clothes.

Japan.. get with the program, this isn't western cultural oppression is about having healthy environments for customers and workers. (China managed to do it) In the many times I have discussed this with co-workers and friends I can only say, get some gumption and find a new way to start a conversation with your boss or whom ever else you are struggling to talk to.

This isn't some special "Japanese" issue, it has happened everywhere else too, and in the end after a small dip most places have more new customers after, the only thing that makes is a special case is the governments investment in JT....

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Posted in: What do you think of the new Japan Today design? See in context

Not that keen, perhaps I need to Zoom out or something, seems like I need a lot more scrolling around now..

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Posted in: Cash registers to have cash withdrawal capability from April 2018 See in context

Yeah, this is only a 15+yrs old service in other countries.

And those poor ATMs, they need a holiday too... what?? I could never work that one out, still better than it used to be.

Don't know why internet banking is still often delayed until a business day though.

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Posted in: Unlike many countries, Japan's school year starts in April. What do you think about this? See in context

Kind of wish things were all split all up in Japan, the company changing, moving, graduation, tax etc etc all being at the same time is a bit painful at times.

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Posted in: N Korea may be capable of sarin-loaded missile attack: Abe See in context

If they really do launch anything genuine at South Korea, Japan or the States (though I really doubt they have that reliable capability) there will be no alternative but to have a quick devastating attack, it can't drag on a war on the Korean Peninsula, that will cause North Korean, South Korean, Japanese, US troops on the ground.. and possibly drag in China and Russia.

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Posted in: N Korea may be capable of sarin-loaded missile attack: Abe See in context

They are clearly building a case in support of a preemptive strike by the states.

Given the political situation in South Korea, poor relations with Russia, and odd ones with China we might all be living very close to the kick off point of WW3.

I really hope not but it seems we don't have career politicians who we can at least rely on taking time to do things, and letting cooler heads prevail but in an ego fest of "leaders"..

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Posted in: What is the worst experience you have had with an airline? See in context

Travel internationally nearly every month, the benefits, provided work allows me to purchase on my normal airline, is at least premium economy most times.

Specifically always get aisle seat.. never been asked to move, would get angry as I like to drink tons of water, which means bathroom, and don't want to bother someone getting up all the time.

Overall not too many problems, once a Singapore Airline flight was going to turn back about 30min out then started all these "tests" and decided to continue on.

Worst experience, about 9 or so years ago going back home from Japan, didn't have much money at the time, so Jetstar.. and I will never make that mistake again.

So, on the way over relatively smooth except I got to NZ and my bag did not, however a day later it was delivered, not the end of the world.

However there was a volcano in Chile while I was there.

Several airlines held flights for one day while they found other paths and business as usual... but Jetstar.. no.. cancelled for about 4 days.

Then out to the airport, to be told flight had been cancelled, please line up to rebook, and then back to families place. For 2 days rinse, repeat. (The phone line was constantly busy and useless) 3rd day out to airport, through immigration waiting at the gate looking at the plane that just flew in from Brisbane (connecting flight) they tell us its cancelled again. At this point I was furious.. back through immigration who were like.. "yeah welcome again home ha ha, yeah don't fly Jetstar."

Bag comes out has been badly damaged...

Run to Jetstar counter again, tell them, I need to get back to Japan, having missed a week of work at this stage. Rebook for next day.. Tell them my bag has been damaged to which they reply "How do you know it happened in our care."

Im generally pretty calm but swear words did leave my mouth at this point.

Back to families.

Next day finally fly, finally back in Japan.

However still the damaged bag to deal with, which was series of emails over the next 4, FOUR.. months to get a small amount of money from them.

So that experience taught me, never Jetstar, ("budget" airlines rarely are in the long term) always have good Travel Insurance.

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Posted in: YKK starts serving halal meals at cafeteria in Japan See in context

I guess its a private company and in that way its "ok" they can do whatever they way, my point being this isn't accommodation for health, or probably even cost, its strictly because of a belief which I think in a secular country shouldn't have anything to do places of employment, and public in general, I question as to if meat being prepared in inhuman way should be protected.

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Posted in: YKK starts serving halal meals at cafeteria in Japan See in context

Epee, just a special awful way because of magic....

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