SwissToni comments

Posted in: Stubbed out: Japanese university stops hiring smoking professors See in context

"We have reached a conclusion that smokers are not fit for the education sector,"

As a university they will have extensively researched fitness for the education sector. I would like them to point to the evidence that brought them to this conclusion.

Without putting their case, excluding smokers is as irrational as smoking itself. I don’t smoke, I don’t like second hand smoke and I don’t like the smell of smoke on clothing but, I can see no justification for hounding, or excluding people from their jobs. It’s draconian nonsense.

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Posted in: IS claims responsibility for Sri Lanka blasts; officials believe they were revenge for NZ mosque killings See in context

It seems like some are intentionally trying to fuel a conflict between Christians and Muslims.

Raw Beer, I think you’ve got about 1500 years of news to catch up on.

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Posted in: Police suspect human error in fatal car crash in Tokyo See in context

Amazing, not one person here interested in due process. Just the more and more usual baying for vengeance.

It’s a tragedy, but the story makes it clear. In the absence of any other evidence, including health problems, the police suspect the driver made a mistake.

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Posted in: Travel agents scramble to adjust itinerary of Golden Week tours to Paris after Notre Dame fire See in context

Pity for those who have their hearts set on Notre Dame but for the others there’s plenty to see in Paris. Many people tune out to the architectural wonders after a while and just look forward to their next feed anyway.

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Posted in: Notre Dame smolders as investigation begins See in context

The fire started in the early evening so probably not that long after the contractors left site. I’m still thinking hot works failure but we’ll have to wait for the fire officers investigation, if there’s enough evidence left to come to any conclusion.

A full restoration in reasonable time is feasible if money is no object. The materials are certainly available. It will take quite some time to research and replace all that lost fine carved woodwork, if that’s the way they go with the restoration.

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Posted in: Notre Dame smolders as investigation begins See in context

Speculating, I’d suggest the cause is likely connected with the renovations. Following any hot working, builders should reinspect their workspace before closing site. Unfortunately the reinspection often gets overlooked, even on complex sites operating a permit system. As often happens, the accident will probably be a failure to follow fire safety process, rather than there being no fire precautions. Very lucky only one firefighter was hurt.

If the French state gets involved, I would hope the building (if the stonework has indeed survived) could realistically be back in use in 10, certainly less than 20 years. Europes stonemasons are going to be very busy.

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Posted in: Rugby Australia terminates Folau's contract after anti-gay comments on social media See in context

gone too far? I don't think so. 

In your opinion.

Using a public platform to say gay or atheist people are going to hell is bigoted, intimidatory and designed to oppress another’s freedom to live their lives as they see fit. I would not wish to be associated with such a person and it seems the Australian rugby authorities agree with me.

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Posted in: Rugby Australia terminates Folau's contract after anti-gay comments on social media See in context

Helix, if we’re to get on we all have to tolerate ideas and actions we may find disagreeable, but sometimes people go too far. This is a public figure, he has used his platform to express his bigoted ideas. He is a representative of his country’s national team, to continue to be associated with him would be giving him tacit approval to continue and that would impact the teams reputation.

Prove what he’s saying about the afterlife is factually incorrect .

In general it’s for the claimant to substantiate their claims. However from what we understand of the functioning of the human body and brain in life and in death, the evidence would suggest any form of conscious existence outside the body is highly unlikely. All the while substantiated evidence for any kind of an afterlife is exactly none.

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Posted in: Rugby Australia terminates Folau's contract after anti-gay comments on social media See in context

All morality is subjective. That’s why we discuss, come to an agreed standard and implement law that provides punishment befitting the crime committed, if one has indeed been committed.

My employer is me and this employer believes people’s lives, opinions and actions are their own business until they harm others, or bring the business into disrepute. Folau’s comments to the gay and non religious communities were bigoted and intolerant. I don’t blame his employer for wanting to distance themselves from him one bit. I certainly don’t advocate hounding anyone, including Folau. If he modifies his behaviour I’m sure he’ll find another employer.

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Posted in: Rugby Australia terminates Folau's contract after anti-gay comments on social media See in context

Helix, popularity does not make a proposition correct. Infinite punishment for a finite “crime” is not moral irrespective of doctrine.

None the list are deserving of demonisation. Role models would do well to remember.

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Posted in: Israeli spacecraft crashes in attempt to reach moon See in context

Serrano, there have been quite a few spacecraft make it to the moon since the 70s, China even has a rover on the far side of the moon right now.

The mission isn’t wasted, there’s something to be learned from every attempt. Nice try!

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Posted in: Angry over Brexit delay, 'Leave' supporters march through London See in context

Agree that over regulation has been an issue promoted by some unscrupulous Brexit leaders but I’m pretty sure overbearing government and taxation were minor players. This is because the UK has largely voted in favour of EU regulation and sets it’s own tax policies. These issues, plus immigration, sovereignty, contributions, the democratic deficit et al have been leveraged to drive a wedge between the haves and the have nots.

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Posted in: Angry over Brexit delay, 'Leave' supporters march through London See in context

The Brexit dividend was discredited long ago. Current losses to the treasury are estimated at £500m a week. Much more in fact than the exaggerated figure on the side of the Brexit Bus promised to the country. Even staunch Brexiteers accept there is a financial cost to leaving the EU, they just think it’s worth it.

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Posted in: Britain faces calls for unity gov't amid Brexit impasse See in context

Easier said than done without a mandate.

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Posted in: Angry over Brexit delay, 'Leave' supporters march through London See in context

Reverse the vote, then tell me how you would feel if the Leavers said that.

It’s a rediculous comparison, those that support remaining in the EU are not seeking to radically change the nation. I would say no to the change and support looking for, and addressing, the reasons why so many feel dispossessed.

I would not support chucking out the baby with the bathwater. This debate is corrosive.

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Posted in: Angry over Brexit delay, 'Leave' supporters march through London See in context

Clippetyclop,

The 350 million pounds the NHS would receive every week if the UK left the EU.

This was never stated and is false.

Both Boris Johnson and Michael Gove did. And knowing it was false defended their claims on several occasions. There were claims that new trade deals would be easy and free access to the EU was a given. Nothing was mentioned about the Good Friday Agreement. It was promised that Britain could reset to those heady days of the 1970s as a free wheeling trading nation with world at its feet. I remember Britain in the 70s, it was s*#@.

To imagine that a tiny majority can force its will upon a barely smaller minority is naive at best. This issue has split Britain and is the antithesis of democracy. There is a sizeable gammon faced minority of the Conservative party rubbing their hands with glee having successfully turned the country against itself. You reap what you sow Brextremists.

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Posted in: May still hoping to push her Brexit deal through See in context

The ongoing shenanigans are the referendum result writ large. It’s nieve to think otherwise.

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Posted in: Anti-Brexit protesters stage mass rally in London See in context

It was rammed all the way from Park Lane, down Piccadilly through Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square. Impressive.

Im very interested to see how many Farage can muster next week.

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Posted in: Wales wins 6 Nations Grand Slam by crushing Ireland 25-7 See in context

Can’t say it’s not deserved. Worked for and won. Well done Taff.

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Posted in: England scores late try to draw 38-38 against Scotland See in context

Exciting game, England very nearly snapped defeat from the jaws of victory again.

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Posted in: Electric engine See in context

So it’s a hybrid unit then? Would be interesting to know from what vehicle.

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Posted in: Pilot drinking again delays ANA flight despite new rules See in context

Starting to look a bit endemic, innit?

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Posted in: Japan wants frictionless UK-EU trade after Brexit: ambassador See in context

Don’t know why people are complaining, any country has the right to comment in its own self interest, however it sees it. Japan’s investment in the U.K. is not a charitable exercise and many of those businesses see a threat to their promised trading conditions.

Its unrealistic to expect business to make plans to avert all possible contingencies. It would be a ridiculous waste of money to invest blindly, something UK business has been pointing out for quite some time.

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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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