Regardless of the topic, it’s hard to think of a single person whose opinion I would value less.
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”For now, bioplastic represents just 1% of global plastic production. If plastic made with fossil fuels is the enormous Mall of America in Minnesota, bioplastics would be a 7-Eleven.”
For the benefit of those who don’t understand the concept of 1%…
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The general point of the article is fair enough, but…
Are Shibuya and Minato prices really “typical” of Tokyo, let alone Japan as a whole? No more so than Chelsea is typical of the UK, I’d have thought. And the quoted condominium prices seem to be for new builds. This may be the preference of a middle-class Japanese family, but hey could knock at least a third off their outlay by buying somewhere ten years old.
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What on earth does any of this have to do with revenge?
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So I guess “his wife” didn’t have a name? Pretty poor reporting in this day and age.
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The way incredibly minor risks are so often described as "extremely dangerous" on signs and in public announcements really annoys me. It's so overused that I now ignore it altogether and will doubtless end my days by plunging into a ravine or being mauled by a pack of marauding bears.
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This made me interested enough to look at the etymology. Seems the original mansion definition just meant “place to live” which suggests the current English usage is the one which is incorrect.
Because the "correct" meaning of a word can only ever be the original one?
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Try googling "London mansion flats" and look at the images that come up. Adoption of this meaing of "mansion" seems a far more likely explanation to me.
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"While the crisis appears to be easing in China, alarming clusters of thousands of cases each have turned up in Italy, Iran and South Korea and Japan."
Thousands of cases in Japan?? This is very careless and unprofessional journalism. There are currently 331 cases in Japan:
Even if you include the Diamond Princess in Japanese figures, which would make no sense, that comes to 1037. That is NOT 'thousands'.
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Good for Aeon! Workers in the rest of the world seem to manage perfectly well without masks.
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Saigon?? What century are you living in?
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It's removable and therefore optional, so what's the problem? If you're a tourist who's not confident driving in a new country then you may well want to use it. If not, don't. Pretty straightforward really.
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PerformingMonkey is right - a ridiculous article. If this was about suicides or terminal illnesses then it would be different, but if we're talking people suddenly dropping dead then the alone part is irrelevant. If young people are spending all their time alone, then perhaps that's a problem, but it's also a separate issue.
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Patrick Macnee may be gone, but the spirit of John Steed is with us yet.
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I had a good education about the UK's often brutal rule over India, Africa etc. and of the US colonists mass murder of native Americans. Remember though that these events happened more than 100 years ago
Those events may have started more than 100 years ago, but the British were still doing some pretty brutal stuff in Kenya in the 1950s. And we haven't exactly been the best at acknowledging or apologizing either.
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Non-Japanese people have no trouble whatsoever understanding the phrase 'comfort women'. We know full well it means 'sex slaves'.
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Well, if this is today's top news story then I'm glad I live in Japan. Bad as it is, can you imagine somebody kicking a blind person making the national news anywhere else?
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As Elizabeth Heath states, "You cannot take away British citizenship from non-naturalised citizens".
Exactly. Arrest, charge and detain them on re-entry. Fine, let British justice take its course. Seize their passports. Fine, this is a legitimate power that the government holds. But refuse British citizens entry to the UK? Strip natural born Britons of their citizenship? I cannot believe that a British government, even a Tory one, is seriously considering this. This kind of foolish and ill thought-out over-reaction is exactly what terrorism aims for. Thatcher understood this, why can't Cameron?
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“I never thought my boobs could contribute to society,” added the ponytailed Serina, apparently unaware of any contradiction.
Where's the contradiction in this? I'm as unaware of it as Serina...
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Why the moral outrage? Nobody forced them to live there - these guys are backpackers from wealthy countries trying to save on cash to extend their holidays, not not desperate economic migrants forced to live in squalor and work for a pittance.
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Someone threw an egg at me from a moving car once, in Liverpool. Hit me right in the back of the head and hurt like hell. I was pretty pissed off of course, but having been young and stupid not so long before that could certainly see the funny side, and wouldn't have wanted the perpetrators arrested. I was also very impressed - to hit that small a target from a moving car and at a decent distance takes a fair bit of skill. But this is totally different - 19 incidents all targeted at foreign students, as Reckless said, is harassment, and racial harassment at that.
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What a demeaning waste of time for all concerned.
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