SwissToni comments

Posted in: 78-year-old driver arrested for driving off with man clinging to hood See in context

Of course I’d have made a better case if I hadn’t included my refutation in my quote. Ho hum.

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Posted in: 78-year-old driver arrested for driving off with man clinging to hood See in context

the older we get, the more risk we pose as drivers

oldman_13 the figures just don’t bear out your claim, younger drivers are involved in far more incidents.

Of course I’m not advocating people drive beyond their capabilities. But you must have a reason and evidence based case before curtailing anyone’s freedom.

If we’re speculating about incidents we have little information about, I’d suggest that the driver has clipped the bikers mirror and both have escalated the situation.

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Posted in: Honda to close UK car plant in 2022 with loss of 3,500 jobs See in context

With combustion engines, in particular diesels under threat in Europe, retooling factories for new vehicles is expensive. Added to the threat of tariffs between the U.K. and EU it’s the expedient move to repatriate the work to Japan.

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Posted in: Man arrested for beating girl after she helps woman who vomited on bus See in context

ThonTaddeo, the mans surprise doesn’t mitigate following and brutalising the innocent girl. He may not have gone out planning to attack anyone but carrying a weapon would indicate an intention to use it.

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Posted in: Tokyo Metro offers free food to ease crowding on Tozai line See in context

They haven’t thought this through. You’ll get a short term respite while early birds earn their free feed and then having fattened up they’ll return to normal working and make the crush worse than ever.

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Posted in: UK in deadlock over Brexit 'Plan B' as May and Corbyn tussle See in context

Tangerine2000, EU directives are implemented under individual countries legal systems. Directives that require new UK laws require parliamentary approval. Those that require minor changes can be implemented as Regulations without a vote under existing Acts of parliament. Parliament has a say.

I don’t ‘believe’ parliament is sovereign on faith, it’s a fact, been demonstrated time and again over the last couple of years. The Brexit white paper was quite clear on the point of sovereignty of parliament.

The EU cannot ignore individual member state's concerns. The Commission and its groups are made up of members from those very EU states and it’s proposals are discussed and voted on in the EU parliament. The UK has supported the EU In Council of Ministers voting over 80% of the time. By treaty, measures that are against a member state’s vital interests cannot be imposed.

The UK trades with whoever it wants, that’s obvious to see. The thinking that the UK could somehow negotiate better trading terms than the EU is as unimpressive as your hyperbole.

Despite it’s teething troubles the Euro still exists and is currently standing very tall against the Pound. The vote to leave didn’t do that much good did it?

Having trade deals and agreements is indeed pooling sovereignty to a greater or lesser extent. That’s the nature of negotiation. Any treaty, trade or otherwise is to agree a set of common rules and practices and restricts the freedom to act outside the agreed parameters. Even the Brexiters favourite fallback the WTO has rules.

As you can see, the points you raised are weak rhetoric you appear to have swallowed. So if you’ve not been played by Tory eurosceptics who’s shinola are you bathing in, Farage’s? What happened to him I wonder?

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Posted in: UK in deadlock over Brexit 'Plan B' as May and Corbyn tussle See in context

Tangerine2000, of course you find them disconcerting, if you select parts of sentences from a 225 page document, you can interpret them how you like. However despite appearances parliamentary sovereignty has not been eroded as demonstrated this very week. State sovereignty is impacted by every treaty agreed (EU or any other international body) and pooling sovereignty with the other EU members’ has enabled the UK to punch far above its weight. The UK’s influence across EU institutions is second only to Germany and by association across the globe. The economic and political advantages have been demonstrated over the last 40 years, not least by growing from the 7th strongest economy on the planet to the 5th and it has not been held back exercising its military. And they were up front with the public, Harold Wilson and Edward Heath both made their and the EEC’s desire for closer political union very clear. It’s all on record in Hansard if you care to look for it.

Im afraid you and the others that bought into the Tory eurosceptic’s rhetoric have been played but good.

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Posted in: UK in deadlock over Brexit 'Plan B' as May and Corbyn tussle See in context

Tangerine2000, interesting you raise FCO 30/1048. The document broadly recognises the advantages of EEC membership and the potential to extent British influence throughout western Europe as long as the country fully participates. It recognises public anxieties masquerading as concern for loss off sovereignty, but is quite clear that the adjustments required are no more than those required to meet other treaty obligations. It also recognised the populations growing (at the time) detachment from the government and parliament.

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Posted in: Abe says world does not want no-deal Brexit See in context

juminRheeJan. 11  10:26 pm JST

I'd go for a Commonwealth Union.

Assuming the nations you mention have any interest at all in a union with the UK, you would swap a union of 500m people on your doorstep for a union of small states dotted around the globe with a market size a quarter of your current one?

The future of the UK is in safe hands.

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Posted in: Abe says world does not want no-deal Brexit See in context

TigersTokyoDome, I’d prefer you didnt decide what I know or understand for me. If you meant politicians from the southeast, or for want of a better phrase the “Westminster bubble”, then writing “the London-centric government” can do nothing but confuse.

London and the people that live and work there are by far the largest regional economy in the UK. Like it or not, its tax take is supporting most of the spending in the rest of the UK, Londoners too are being ignored. It’s not an issue of oppressing the Scots or Northern Irish, rather we are witnessing a power grab, a coup if you like, by Eurosceptic Tories who have seized this opportunity to turn the clock back on UK politics.

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Posted in: Abe says world does not want no-deal Brexit See in context

TigersTokyoDome ****“So the London-centric government is sticking to history by ignoring the Scottish and Northern Irish.”

You're a tad misinformed there, London voted 60%/40% to remain in the EU. So the economic powerhouse of the UK too is being ignored. Although I do think Brexit is a serious threat to the Union nothing is served by perpetuating misinformation and inaccuracy.

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Posted in: Japanese Buddhist seeks to educate West on swastika of good fortune See in context

There’s no harm in Nakagaki teaching the original history behind the swastika symbol and it’s use in much of Asia. The people should go on using it as they have. It’s just as important to recognise that in the West the symbol is lost as a symbol of hate and nationalism. A global conflict and the murder of six million Jews will do that.

A little less arrogance and a little more sensitivity is all that’s required. Some education on “different strokes for different folks” is all that’s required.

Changing the temple mark on foreign language maps is a reasonable, sensitive accommodation. A good thing.

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Posted in: British PM May survives party confidence vote but Brexit deal still teetering See in context

With no concensus in the Conservative Party, no consensus in parliament and no consensus in the country, can people really be surprised at the chaos? And those that want a WTO rules split from the EU are naive if they think they can get all they want and ignore the 48% (if not more now) of voters who are dead set against this ill thought out nonsense. It’s like a long drawn out attempted coup by the Tory eurosceptics.

The Tories threw Britain into deadlock by going to the people. As far as I see it, the only way to break the deadlock is to go to the people again and ask if they want no deal, the deal negotiated, or to stay in the EU.

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Posted in: 69 foreign technical interns died in Japan between 2015 and 2017: Justice Ministry See in context

If these are work related deaths this would be a shockingly high rate of attrition. Each death is a tragedy but without good investigation results it’s impossible to make a comparison. In the face of years of complaints of exploitation it appears worth a closer look.

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Posted in: Try this quirky Okinawan rice 'soul drink' See in context

Surely if you wanted to do a piece on drinks from Okinawa you would go there. Commenting on someone’s trip to a local shop to try all they could find is not biting journalism. It was a waste of time though.

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Posted in: France calls for new global coalition of 'goodwill powers' See in context

Call me naive, but I like it. Much better thinking than the crude nationalism we seem to increasingly face today.

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Posted in: Discovery of London cannabis farms raises child slavery fears See in context

Madverts it’s easy to make rash accusations sans evidence. Governments, democratically elected ones at least, are a reflection of their people. I’m no expert but even I can see people everywhere are divided on the subject of decriminalising drugs. It’s an ongoing moral and ethical debate, not an indication of criminality at the highest level. There are no simple solutions, calm down.

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Posted in: Discovery of London cannabis farms raises child slavery fears See in context

Well that appears pretty callous, and uninformed. The trafficked child slave may well be unknown to the Home Office, or as the article says, refused asylum. They clearly aren’t being given leave to remain.

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Posted in: Scientists highlight dangers of increasing CO2 on Japan's marine life See in context

Chop Chop that’s not quite true. The biggest factors are natural, ocean release, decomposition and animal emissions. It’s just that the increase in human emissions overpowers the natural CO2 sinks found in nature. Deforestation and change in land use only account for a realitively small percent of human emissions. But it does reduce the CO2 sinks. In fact fossil fuel CO2 emissions count for almost 90% of humanity’s additional gas contribution.

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Posted in: Scientists highlight dangers of increasing CO2 on Japan's marine life See in context

Gokai, the effects are well known. Death or displacement by adverse weather be that heatwave, flood, drought, blizzard, crop failure, infrastructure collapse, you name it were seeing it. Set to get worse with the release of methane from the permafrost.

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Posted in: In wake of book, Trump calls Omarosa 'a lowlife' See in context

This is representative of the depths to which our liberal democracies have plunged. The leader of the free world name calling in public. Doesn’t matter what the issue is, if our leaders can’t rise above childishness and conduct themselves (and politics for that matter) properly, they aren’t fit to lead. These modern populists are dragging us down a dark path. We deserve better.

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Posted in: MH370 families hope for answers from official report See in context

This is the saddest part of this story, there just aren’t going to be any answers for those family members. Very hard indeed.

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Posted in: 5 die, 40 injured in fire at construction site in Tokyo suburbs See in context

Hot working close to flammable materials is not acceptable. Even fire resistant foam insulation is not fire proof, it will burn and when is does it produces high temperatures and masses of toxic black smoke. The stories of lack of safety information at induction are also very worrying. Management failings, lack of risk assessment, lack of safe working methods, lack of enforcement will be the root cause of this. Site management should answer to the families of the victims but I guarantee there will be some swift arse covering going right now.

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Posted in: 130,000 head for San Diego Comic-Con See in context

There’s no need for that.

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Posted in: Japan probing abuse of health insurance system by foreign residents See in context

I’m confused by the Chinese chaps case. Would the old fella not require residence here to be considered a dependant?

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Posted in: Trump vows 'great' trade deal with UK; has tea with queen See in context

Wants to make his ‘kin mind up doesn’t he!

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Posted in: Transgender professor fails to win mayoral election See in context

This is remarkable because it’s new. As we get used to any situation it becomes less newsworthy.

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Posted in: Demand for foreign workers may soften Japan's immigration rules See in context

Temporary workers and migrants are very different beasts. Those with a limited time in Japan will not invest in the nation and ship their earnings out of the country. Yes it will support some businesses but not the nation as a whole. Migrants will want to settle and build lives. They will invest in the country and help create a more sustainable future for it. There will be cultural friction and some people’s attitudes will harden to immigration, but those European nations some are criticizing have largely made a success of it. What they’ve lost in homogeneity they’ve more than regained in productivity and dynamism. I find it hard to understand how current migrants to Japan , who came here seeking a different life and new ideas, can openly spout intolerance.

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Posted in: Japanese astronaut, 2 colleagues return to Earth from space station See in context

Maybeperhapsyes, interested to know your thoughts on where the parachute was if it wasn’t in the parachute compartment?

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Posted in: Japanese astronaut, 2 colleagues return to Earth from space station See in context

how did they get it so exact?

Orbital mechanics. Orbits, rotation of the Earth, thrust, atmospheric drag etc are all predictable. If the engineers get their sums right and the systems aren’t broken, everything goes according to plan.

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