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Posted in: Beckham to miss World Cup after injury See in context

So long as Rooney, $tevie G and Lampard stay fit and Cole's missus doesn't kill him between now and June we're in with a chance.

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Posted in: Pink Floyd wins battle with EMI over online sales See in context

By the way, which one is Pink?

HaHa!!! Ta for the laugh Nessie ;)

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Posted in: 'The Cove' puts Japanese fishermen everywhere on the defense See in context

This type of finger-pointing reporting is getting tedious, predictable and smacks of hypocrisy.

Picking on the little guys abroad like in this piece who have been farming the seas sustainably for generations and trying to goad them into making a comment is pathetic.

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Posted in: 'The Cove' wins Oscar for Best Documentary See in context

The Cove came across as a one-sided, finger-pointing exercise in guilt relief for the director's past sins. Taiji is a much softer target than Seaworld or corporate America.

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Posted in: Clinton offers to help resolve Falklands spat See in context

HeyLars - you need to read the thread again. Odogma's words, not mine. I too have no idea whether Obama agrees or disagrees.

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Posted in: Clinton offers to help resolve Falklands spat See in context

This is not a spat. The Falklands belong to the UK. Debate closed.

Obama disagrees.

Then Obama's grasp of international politics is weaker than most observers give him credit for. South America's dictatorships can sabre-rattle all they want but the USA's closest ally remains the UK - like it or not.

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Posted in: Magazine airs anxieties over China's burgeoning economic clout See in context

.... it’s about concerns over the fate of Japan’s corporations, its real estate, its food supply—even its women.

Glad to see JT keeping things in perspective.

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Posted in: Kokubo out See in context

Anyone who associates wearing your tie loose and your shirt untucked with displays of individuality, strength of character, non-conformism or assertiveness needs to cut down on how much TV they watch.

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Posted in: Argentina blocks British supply ship in Falklands dispute See in context

258 British soldiers were killed

Close but no cigar - it was 255 British soldiers and 3 civilian islanders. A minor error but one which needs correcting given its significance following recent events in Helmand.

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Posted in: How the rock-god tribute scene translates — or doesn’t — into Japanese See in context

jmmangod....

sad la

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Posted in: Some see racist theme in alien adventure 'Avatar' See in context

Some see the face of Jesus burnt into their toast.

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Posted in: UK bans controversial Islamist group See in context

Frankly, when this spils over with racisim in the UK reaching chronic levels, I think you'll be surprised at how wrong you and your fellow Islamophobes are about the British Iskes, and how violent this will get.

You have a good point but no need to be quite so disparaging about us hicks back in Blighty.

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Posted in: Santa's in town See in context

I think it's very bad. Japan would have been better off keeping it's own traditions and not copying everything from America.

Seriously, you need to stop digging that hole for yourself.

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Posted in: Ex-soccer player Honda, wife divorce after 6 years of sexless marriage See in context

Honda had a great engine for a midfielder.

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Posted in: Kidnapped Britons say Somali pirates may kill them See in context

In the event, eventually the UK taxpayers will cough up, and not some kind of shipping company.

Unlikely Brown will go Spanish on the electorate. Brits with far greater political significance have been sacrificed on the altar of non-concession than these two unfortunates.

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Posted in: JFA chief seeks vuvuzela ban at World Cup See in context

Yea, nothing to see here (oops - must have been a vuvuzela distracting me).

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Posted in: JFA chief seeks vuvuzela ban at World Cup See in context

Yea, nothing to see hear. Pretty much all the European broadcasters and an increasing number of FAs are in agreement that these things are a nightmare. Wouldn't be surprised if FIFA backs down on this one.

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Posted in: ICHIHASHI ARRESTED BY POLICE IN OSAKA See in context

let's hope they don't screw it up..

Could be looking at letting the new lay judges sit on this trial as well. Evidence is stacked up so his guilt won't be a problem - only question mark will be over whether it was premeditated, if proven then good chance he'll swing.

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Posted in: The rules of hostessing See in context

Hostess clubs may be many things but "very highly respected" isn't one of them, no matter how rich the punters are.

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Posted in: White-supremacist fringe party invited to take part in BBC program See in context

I didn't know the BNP was a white supremacist org. There is a really nice guy here, who has a Japanese wife, who is a big supporter of them. I wonder if I should say something to him.

Yup, give him this gem on miscegenation from Griffin,

"Do I regard someone who is married to or living with a partner of another race as a suitable member or candidate for the BNP? No, because by their choice they have clearly shown that they do not share our most fundamental values."

If he remains a big supporter nonetheless then reconsider your own definition of "nice guy".

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Posted in: The McJob of Asia See in context

So is a "backwards regression" a progression?

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Posted in: Tattoos, rap and saggy pants See in context

Kids (young and old) have been thrashing out to Napalm Death for the best part of the last three decades - nothing generational about them whatsoever.

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Posted in: Tattoos, rap and saggy pants See in context

Kids (young and old) have been thrashing out to Napalm Death for the best part of the last three decades - nothing generational about them whatsoever.

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Posted in: FBI director outraged by Lockerbie bomber's release See in context

Then you must be furious with the Scottish authorities for convicting an innocent man.

Yes, that is precisely the sentiment that the majority of the British public, not to mention many of the the victims' families have been attempting to get accross. The day he heard he was being released he dropped his appeal.

By releasing him on compassionate grounds MacAskill has done the British and American Governments a favour as it has silenced the growing call to hold an independent review into the unsafe conviction and uncover the reasons why the Scottish Courts may have carried out such a massive miscarriage of justice in the first place.

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Posted in: Lockerbie bomber freed; returns to Libya to die See in context

He was freed because his conviction was so monumentally unsafe it was an embarrassment to keep him locked up any longer. The whole compassionate grounds reasoning is nothing more than a timely smokescreen which suits the Scottish courts, Gadhafi's ego, Western oil companies and most importantly the American and British Governments because there will now no longer be an independent review into the bombing to discover what really happened. The only people who have been duped are the victims' families.

The above article only part quoted Dr Jim Swire's staggeringly, reasoned and judicious comments;

"I feel despondent that the west and Scotland didn't have the guts to allow this man's second appeal to continue because I am convinced had they done so it would have overturned the verdict against him. It's a blow to those of us who seek the truth but it is not an ending. I think it is a splitting of the ways."

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Posted in: Pointing the finger at a generation of postwar Germans See in context

He is right, Germany should take examples how Japan or ex-colonist countries like the UK showed mea culpa about their wrongdoing in past history.

Only the perpetrator can show mea culpa - that is Daldry's point.

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Posted in: Some 4,000 environmentalists and anti-capitalists are demonstrating against the G-20 summit in London. How do you feel about the protests? See in context

Because China's economy (GDP) is not shrinking like advanced countries.

Unemployment figures are much more important for economists - not so easy to massage.

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Posted in: Horie says legal system unfairly crucifies rich and famous See in context

"They may eventually go to the public prosecutors office and give them information that will lead to your downfall."

"They" being law-abiding citizens, "information" being evidence of criminal activity and "downfall" being arrest, trial and conviction through the courts. Hardly kangaroo court stuff is it.

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Posted in: Realistically speaking, what do you think the police should be doing to catch Tatsuya Ichihashi, the suspect in the 2007 murder of Lindsay Ann Hawker? See in context

The police are not here to protect Nova teachers on a lark.

Yes they are. She paid her taxes, why should she receive a lower standard of care than other Japanese residents, native or non-native.

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Posted in: Bomb kills 4 U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan See in context

Things probably would have gone a bit better if the Europeans had offered more than token contributions.

3 Brits were killed over the weekend in Afghanistan, one from the Royal Welsh on Saturday and two lads from the Queen's Dragoon Guards killed by a road-side bomb yesterday. Neither incident mentioned here surprise surprise.

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