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Posted in: UK faces food, fuel and drug shortages if it leaves EU, says contested leaked document See in context

GB was ridiculous with this -- asking for a divorce while still keeping everything and giving nothing. They are screwed. England is going to drop to it's least important place in history since before it was a nation. Once they're out, they'll be begging to get back in. morons.

Two things my fellow TARDIS traveller - we didn't all vote for Brexit, so I object to being called a moron, and please stop using England when you mean either the UK or Britain... those of us in Scotland really don't like that.

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Posted in: UK faces food, fuel and drug shortages if it leaves EU, says contested leaked document See in context

The document DOES exist - it was put together by a Government department as a worst case scenario. It is not Project Fear, it is not fake news, it exists.

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Posted in: Police make arrests as right-wing, anti-fascist groups rally in Portland See in context

I personally do not like extremists on either side. The Proud Boys just wanted to march and had a permit to do so. That is preferred to violence. By showing up to counter-protest Antifa are instigators of violence. In fact, violent confrontation is the reason they exist. How about we all just try to get along?

So let me get this straight, the Proud Boys turn up in their pickup trucks and are just wanting to march (for? The right to capture someone, say "Squeal like a piggy, boy!" and then hunt them?)... and because Antifa turn up their very presence is enough to trigger the Boys?

I'm on the fence re Antifa, but calling anti fascists 'fascists' is a bit odd. Bit like a vegan calling other vegans weirdos...

Pot, kettle, black!

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Posted in: UK faces food, fuel and drug shortages if it leaves EU, says contested leaked document See in context

It is of little comfort that the population of Great Britain is showing the same levels of stupidity that is gripping our own country. They can see from our own experiences with Trump how badly the results have been. You would think that with the amount of railing they have done about our level of stupidity that they would think twice before emulating those mistakes. 

Well, the ones that voted for Brexit anyway - similar to Trump supporters... or toffs. It was a triumph for little Englanders, xenophobes, those against immigration and those who identified as root vegetables. Those of us who voted remain had more common sense ;)

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Posted in: Writer hopes Japanese step out of 'comfort zone' as society diversifies See in context

When I'm in Japan the 'where from?' thing rarely raises its head, probably because I wear things that identify me as British and Scottish, so it's obvious where I'm from. I started doing that because I was fed up with Japanese people assuming that because I'm a Caucasian and overweight I must be an American. It's also a good starting point for conversations - Japanese like Scotland, they like the Queen and stuff like that... they talk quite happily about that with me. Yes, the English isn't perfect, far from it, but they do tend to open up a bit.

So I have managed to avoid for the most part, the 'where from?' question.

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Posted in: Obamas' first film charts life in U.S. factory under Chinese bosses See in context

To be fair, the factory was closed and the people were out of work... surely this is better than signing on the dole? Yes, the working practices may be alien to people used to getting their own way and such, but sadly that's the way of the world...

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Posted in: Body confidence and body positivity in Japan See in context

I notice the article uses the word 'pudgy'... nice and judgemental there... could've used overweight, but no, go for the high school description.

I rather suspect that most of the comments above are from superfit people who are perfect in every way... must be great to be perfect.

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Posted in: Mayor of city in Saitama Pref arrested for punching female bar employee See in context

Watanabe is accused of punching the 20-year-old woman in the face several times. He was quoted by police as saying he was drunk and doesn’t remember punching the woman and can’t understand how he could have done such a thing.

What a vile thug... any man hitting a woman, drunk or sober is a total and complete... I'm not allowed to post the word... Seriously, when he has a drink this waste of sperm thinks it's okay to hit a woman?

Is there something lurking just under the surface of Japanese men of a certain age? Barely controlled aggression? You read so many stories of guys battering or even killing women because of an argument, boredom or some other pathetic excuse, not just being drunk.

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Posted in: Moon calls for 'peace economy' with N Korea; slams Japan See in context

So Moon is jealous of Japan's success and thus throws a tantrum... it's like some weird school playground. Japan is the posh kid with an aloof air, SK is the grumpy loudmouth who complains about everything and decides to be friends with his strange, weird cousin that nobody likes.

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Posted in: Walmart massacre in Texas investigated by authorities as domestic terrorism See in context

How many of those 250 mass shootings have been carried out with legally held weapons? Ban them! Stuff the constitutional right to own a weapon capable of mowing down innocent civilians as if it was a battlefield... America needs to grow up, grow a pair and just ban all firearms unless there are very good reasons to own one... like the rest of the civilised world.

America is not some frontier town surrounded by restless natives... the population don't need to walk around like gunslingers... please, emerge from the shadow of the gun... your country could very well end up as a pariah state, shunned by the rest of the world as some dangerous, self-destructive country with it's toxic love of guns.

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Posted in: Aussie swimmer Horton says no regrets over Sun podium protest See in context

No room for drug cheats in sport... good on him for standing up for those clean athletes

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Posted in: Man stabs woman in Daiso store; says he just ‘wanted to kill someone’ See in context

It's like these loons don't have a filter - I mean normal people don't wonder what it's like to kill people... and then try it. I don't think Japan is any less safe, I just think the instances of mentally ill people attacking innocent bystanders are increasing... or they're being more widely reported.

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Posted in: Sanders and Warren defend progressive policies in U.S. Democratic debate See in context

I love how only in America are words such as "liberal" and "progressive" seen as negatives. And why is free medical care seen as a bad thing? So what if taxes have to rise to pay for it - it's what most advanced countries do.

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Posted in: 3 killed, 15 injured in shooting at California food festival; suspect dead See in context

what I dont understand is why people dont carry, and they become the 1st responder., then rush the shooter. FBI studies have shown this to be more effective than running. If you run from a predator in nature, it will chase you by instinct. An ankle holster with a snub nose .38, or whatever your choice of weapon, a little drop and roll, up and shoot action, and take out the shooter. It is what it is now; you dont need to go to Afghan to see combat. Would you take a pocket knife to combat? Id rather be prepared, and its your right.

So, what you are saying is that America is so dangerous that private individuals need to go around armed and ready to respond? Really? The best way to respond to the rise of mass shootings is MORE GUNS? Are you mad?

You take away the legally held firearms (unless held in sports clubs or farmers), so that any other weapons out there are held illegally. You arrest anyone found carrying and destroy their weapons. You introduce strong firearms laws and you will reduce the number of mass shootings in America.

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Posted in: Last ever VW Beetle model rolls off Mexican production line See in context

After the war, the Allied countries made Volkswagen a priority in an effort to revive the German auto industry.

A British Army officer was responsible for restarting the factory and a number of Beetles were issued to the British Army of the Rhine (BAOR) as staff cars/runabouts...

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/3104469.stm

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Posted in: China fails to buy agricultural goods as promised: Trump See in context

Does China actually need American produce?

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Posted in: Disney live-action 'Little Mermaid' to star a black Ariel See in context

This is just like the ridiculous debate over Idris Elba playing James Bond. These are characters that were only simply drawn white in a publication or had a white actor portray them in a version of a film. The actual characteristics were never actually described.

Bond WAS described, in detail in the novels:

Facially, Bond resembles the composer, singer and actor Hoagy Carmichael. In Casino Royale Vesper Lynd remarks, "Bond reminds me rather of Hoagy Carmichael, but there is something cold and ruthless." Likewise, in Moonraker, Special Branch Officer Gala Brand thinks that Bond is "certainly good-looking . . . Rather like Hoagy Carmichael in a way. That black hair falling down over the right eyebrow. Much the same bones. But there was something a bit cruel in the mouth, and the eyes were cold." Others, such as journalist Ben Macintyre, identify aspects of Fleming's own looks in his description of Bond. General references in the novels describe Bond as having "dark, rather cruel good looks".

In the novels (notably From Russia, with Love), Bond's physical description has generally been consistent: slim build; a three-inch long, thin vertical scar on his right cheek; blue-grey eyes; a "cruel" mouth; short, black hair, a comma of which falls on his forehead. Physically he is described as 183 centimetres (6 feet) in height and 76 kilograms (167 lb) in weight. After Casino Royale, Bond also had the faint scar of the Russian cyrillic letter "Ш" (SH) (for Shpion: "Spy") on the back of one of his hands, carved by a SMERSH agent.

Does that describe Idris Elba? Don't get me wrong, Idris is one of my favourite actors but he'd be wrong for Bond.

As for the little Mermaid... a quote from the actual Hans Christian Andersen story:

They were six beautiful children; but the youngest was the prettiest of them all; her skin was as clear and delicate as a rose-leaf, and her eyes as blue as the deepest sea; but, like all the others, she had no feet, and her body ended in a fish’s tail. 

So you see, these are literary characters who have been described in the prose - if directors want to change the gender or ethnicity of a character then at least be honest about it and say it's in the interest of diversity... I have no issues with diversity, just them being honest about why they cast who they cast.

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Posted in: Calls for boycott of Japan grow in S Korea as labor row simmers See in context

Here's a thought... Why don't China and SK just accept the apologies as they were given and move on? Who cares what the DIET members say - it's not official policy. It's a bit like Boris Johnson calling Muslim women mail boxes - that isn't UK government's opinion it's just one idiot. All SK have to do is accept the apologies from 1965 and just shut up about it.

There's a rule here at work, we don't talk about race, religion or politics. Maybe China, SK and China need one to stop talking about the war?

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Posted in: Japan-funded 'comfort women' foundation in S Korea formally closed See in context

They don't accept apologies and they don't want money... what DO they want?

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Posted in: In the world of geopolitics, do you think of Japan as part of the West? See in context

I used to think Japan was a westernised, forward-looking country with its sights set on the future - now, thanks to frequent holidays in Japan I see it as a rather confused country.

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Posted in: EU, France, Germany and UK urge Iran to reverse uranium decision See in context

Trump wants a war with Iran - for America it's unfinished business. Like the war in Iraq of 2003: that was to complete the Bush Senior war of 1991... American presidents need wars every now and then to make them appear strong to their core voters, and to convince foreign powers that America is still the great dictator, sorry leader of the 'free world'.

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Posted in: After 31 years, Japan resumes commercial whaling See in context

The IUCN expects to lower the sei whale from endangered to vulnerable in the next 5 years or so.

Oh, that's alright then... what a crass statement. Vulnerable is still not 'sustainable', in the words of whalers and their supporters

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Posted in: Whale of a time See in context

They'd make more money from whale tourism than slaughtering them

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Posted in: After 31 years, Japan resumes commercial whaling See in context

Minke Whales are not endangered and Japan is whaling in it's own territorial waters and EEZ. Do you have a problem with the truth?

From the BBC...

The fisheries ministry has set a kill cap for the season of 52 minke, 150 Bryde's and 25 sei whales.

The Sei whales are endangered...

Following large-scale commercial whaling during the late 19th and 20th centuries, when over 255,000 whales were killed, the Sei whale is now internationally protected... As of 2008, its worldwide population was about 80,000, less than a third of its pre-whaling population.

I don't particularly care if the Minke and Bryde's whales aren't endangered - I'm vehemently against ANY whaling, anywhere... commercial, 'scientific', subsistence... I don't care. Ban whaling completely...

We in the UK hunted whales for 300 years until 1963... why can't Japan do as we did? Or is there an incentive to continue this senseless slaughter?

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Posted in: Man found guilty of forcing women into sex trade to clear 'debts' See in context

A suspended sentence! It reminds me of the movie “The Godfather”. What the victims need to do is visit the Japanese equivalent of Don Vito Corleone. That is the only way they will get justice.

You mean get one group of Yakuza to wipe out another? Wouldn't the women then be in debt to their 'saviours'?

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Posted in: Outlook uncertain for Japan's whaling industry despite commercial restart See in context

World-wide whaling ban must be lifted because it is completely unjust. For those of us who eat whale meat, it is really delicious. It's time for Japanese Government to support whaling industry and to encourage people eating whale meat. When the demand finally picks up, more and more people would accept eating whale meat is a healthy way of life.

See? Nationalism again... this comment is clearly more about Japanese 'culture' than anything else.

My country used to hunt whales - did so for around 300 years, up until 1963. Whale products were banned in 1973. We changed, why can't Japan? Japan's stubbornness will end up with Pacific whale populations being decimated again... just so they can stick two fingers up at the rest of the world. As bad as Brexiteers: blinkered nationalists with no regard for anything else other than their own desire to recreate a past that never existed except in old black and white films.

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Posted in: U.S.-Japan trade deal progress likely in 'months': Lighthizer See in context

"We understand the nature of this problem and we have to resolve it because if we don't these farmers are gonna lose that market, because of nothing they did, just because Japan gave more access to somebody else, and they may never get those markets back," Lighthizer said in a second consecutive day of congressional testimony. "And the Japanese understand completely our position and I'm hopeful that we'll have something resolved in the weeks and months ahead but there's an enormous amount of urgency."

You mean Japan has dared to trade with other countries? Shock! Horror!! Maybe America needs to understand that they can't bully other countries into trade agreements which don't do those countries any favours.

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Posted in: Shibuya bans drinking alcohol on streets for Halloween, New Year See in context

Ten men, both Japanese and foreigners, were referred to prosecutors in January after they allegedly overturned a small truck near the station during a Halloween event in late October last year.

Not really in doubt since they were caught on video and stills were shared across social media showing the two western guys joining in with the overturning of the light truck. Hallowe'en isn't really an excuse to get hammered and turn into a yob, is it?

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Posted in: Pompeo tries rallying foreign leaders in alleged oil attacks See in context

It's going to be Iraq all over again - no real evidence and many lives will be lost. Ever since Trump pulled America out of the nuclear agreement this has been on the cards - he wants a war, wants to be seen as a strong president so he can boast to his pals in Pyong Yang, Manilla and Moscow.

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Posted in: Tired of looking for The One? Try Japan’s new DNA matchmaking service and maybe you’ll find them See in context

Oh dear... so instead of being asked what your blood type is the dating could be initiated by asking to compare DNA strands... why does it have to be so clinical? My girlfriend and I have very little in common (interests, ethnicity, tastes in music, etc) but we work... we didn't need to be so clinical about it.

What ever happened to love?

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