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Posted in: The American 'allergy' to global warming: Why? See in context

"“Well, I suppose they could say God is burning us up.” He nailed it here! I am sure the flat earth crowd will go from "There is no warming" to "Jesus is coming back with fire." And they will say it is the will of god and do nothing.

You think? Rick Perry's response to the record Texas drought, rather than propose water-usage policies was to ask people to "pray for rain" while dismissing climate science. Didn't work, you'll be shocked to hear.

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Posted in: Typhoon strands several thousand commuters in Tokyo See in context

oikawa/tmarie, at around 2.30 when I got the Toyoko line back it wasn't busy at all, and mostly it was shop workers, schoolkids etc. Almost no city workers at that time and the winds were already picking up. I pictured trains crammed with salarymen getting stuck between Tokyo and Yokohama for hours from about 4pm onwards. Just crazy to stay the extra hour or two with such an unpredictable event.

Now you see people queueing for hours at stations to get a packed train home - just go for a beer!

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Posted in: 1 dead, 2 missing, over 1 million urged to evacuate as typhoon nears See in context

Surprised no news about No.16 which should also be here soon.

16 already missed Japan completely. It's headed out to the N Pacific now.

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Posted in: 1 dead, 2 missing, over 1 million urged to evacuate as typhoon nears See in context

@It's ME, thanks for the link. Here's another useful one:

http://www.tropicalstormrisk.com/tracker/dynamic/201118W.html

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Posted in: 1 dead, 2 missing, over 1 million urged to evacuate as typhoon nears See in context

Big dud here in Tokyo

Facepalm it hasn't even reached mainland Kansai yet. If you're so confident about it by all means stay at work. Good luck getting a train home this evening though. I'll be leaving the office before 2pm.

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Posted in: Landslide fears as typhoon churns toward Japan See in context

Smith, a couple of days ago it was still a directionless tropical storm faffing around in the ocean - the uncertainty in the projections were very large. Now with the speed it's moving at and the energy in the system there's not a lot any external forcing can do to change its direction, though I hope I'm wrong about that.

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Posted in: Landslide fears as typhoon churns toward Japan See in context

JapanGal/Zichi, its projected path is very narrow - there looks little chance of it veering off into the ocean.

http://www.tropicalstormrisk.com/tracker/dynamic/201118W.html

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Posted in: Britain's Tesco to sell network of 129 small supermarkets in Japan See in context

Shame that, Tesco really came through in my area post-earthquake. While the local Aeon had empty shelves for weeks after, Tesco seemed to quickly change suppliers and had essentials back in a few days later.

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Posted in: Japan’s crisis of ambivalence See in context

To the typical Japanese person, Japan is a small island—it is all they ever had and all they will have. Naturally, an uncertain future can result in a frightening feeling. Yet we can study other periods of Japanese history that lead to similar bouts of existential fright, most notably the arrival of Commodore Perry’s black ships. We find that such periods spurred Japan into periods of crisis and political turmoil followed by periods of rapid, historically unprecedented change and innovation. For the most part, this is the story of Japan. Now, Japan seems to be in the midst of yet another one of these cycles.

I also enjoyed the article a lot but disagree with this - I think Japan's not far into the 3rd turning or 'Unravelling' phase of the generational cycle. It'll be a good 10-15 years before a real crisis mode sets in. Lets face it if you can have an earthquake, tsunami and ensuing nuclear crisis and still people remain pretty ambivalent about life, you're not anywhere near a crisis phase. Compare to the US, Europe etc which are about a turning of out phase with Japan and have now moved into that crisis mood.

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Posted in: Why do so many Japanese women take photos of their food at restaurants and post it on Facebook or their blogs? See in context

Firstly yes, Japanese women in general do post far more of these photos on their feeds than other 'groups', especially as a percentage of their total posts.

For the reason why I think you've got to go with Occam's Razor here - people post about the things they do and certainly the single working women I know seem to go out for meals with their friends several times a week, so it stands to reason that that's what they'd post about. People who go to the gym, do yoga, play sports or watch a film after work often post about that...etc.

I don't really get the appeal myself as the meals are usually typical fare and look nothing special, but their girlfriends seem to get into with the exaggerated "oisshisoo/tebatai"s. Just scroll up and what was that? Oh never mind.

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Posted in: Comedian Shimada quits show business over reported ties to yakuza See in context

Everyone can make a mistake.

Beating up a woman and gifting money to yakuza bosses is a 'mistake'?

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Posted in: Moody's cuts Japan debt rating by one notch to Aa3 See in context

Moody's downgrades governments' bond ratings depending on their mood.

And S&P's standards are poor. Ba-boom

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Posted in: Comedian Shimada quits show business over reported ties to yakuza See in context

With so many yakuza around, everybody is bound to have at least one yakuza friend.

Tadamasa Goto referred to Shimada as a "hypocritical chimpira" in his autobiography. That's more than just having a yakuza friend.

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Posted in: Comedian Shimada quits show business over reported ties to yakuza See in context

As @Scotchegg said, there's new laws coming into force in October that make it a crime to have any transactions with the yaks. But as the police have already been cracking down hard on them recently, how long until we see a raft of resignations at government level?

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Posted in: Moody's cuts Japan debt rating by one notch to Aa3 See in context

Here's another one on how poor they are at predicting sovereign default

http://professional.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904823804576502481646797782.html?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTTopStories&mg=reno-wsj

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Posted in: Moody's cuts Japan debt rating by one notch to Aa3 See in context

The ratings agencies have power that isn't in line with their competence, integrity or level of accountability. They make money from the same companies they give ratings to - it's a total conflict of interest - but not enough money to hire the best people.

This is a good article on it I came across this morning. http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/aug/22/ratings-agencies-conflict-of-interest

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Posted in: Japan ready to act over yen's historic rise See in context

Unless it's sustained for a long period this is meaningless. It'll be another 2-3yen bump then back to where you were a week later, with a tidy little loss locked in.

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Posted in: M6.8 quake jolts Fukushima, Miyagi prefectures See in context

And if you take 14:36 and turn it around you get 63:41, then if you add the last three number you get 68 - 6.8 the magnitude of the quake. I think you guys are onto something, I really do.

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Posted in: M6.8 quake jolts Fukushima, Miyagi prefectures See in context

Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) said the quake caused no further damage to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, nor did it affect the Onagawa nuclear power plant in Miyagi Prefecture.

Declaring this minutes after the quake? Good to see they're as thorough with their inspections as always.

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Posted in: Australian man fired for Facebook rant See in context

And this is why you keep your rants on Twitter.

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Posted in: Power consumption peaks in TEPCO service area See in context

Yesterday was a scorcher but it's forecast rain tonight then cooler temps (under 30C) for the rest of the week so the supply should be fine for now.

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Posted in: Ishihara recommends World Cup team captain Sawa for PM's job See in context

I agree Ishihara should step down and let a woman take over.

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Posted in: Patrol officer arrested over convenience store toilet camera in Kagawa See in context

It could of been his own initiative. Maybe he suspected the manager/staff could be taking food from the shelves and consuming it in the toilets, away from the store cameras? We need good officers like this one who can think outside the box.

Or he could simply have been monitoring for illegal dumping.

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Posted in: All Blacks fans reject no-sex campaign during World Cup See in context

They'd have to change the All Blacks to the Blue Balls

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Posted in: Obama hits Republicans on anti-tax stance See in context

Serrano, I posted a graph in the last post showing month-on-month changes in the unemployment rate and I'm perfectly aware that the rate is much higher now than at the point Bush left office, but if you don't understand the concept of momentum I'm wasting my time here.

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Posted in: Obama hits Republicans on anti-tax stance See in context

Remember, he inherited a less than 6% unemployment rate

He inherited an economy that was rapidly hemorrhaging jobs, the loss of which slowed down almost exactly when he took over from Bush.

http://adage.com/images/bin/image/6-us-employment-chart-417.jpg

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Posted in: Obama hits Republicans on anti-tax stance See in context

Not sure I really missed the point actually. I tend to believe a guy like Warren Buffet, who is by all accounts a guy that knows his stuff when it comes to money would have a pretty easy time working out a compensation package for his employees that would be well below the tax rates that they are paying now.

How so? You think he can circumvent income tax? Legally? Companies that try that usually end up on the wrong end of the IRS in time (if not the law) with penalties attached and I doubt Buffett is that unscrupulous. It's also still missing the point, even with a reduced income tax rate if that was somehow doable, it would still be well above the capital gains tax.

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Posted in: Obama hits Republicans on anti-tax stance See in context

Buffet is taking his case ("Our favorite holding period is forever") and generalizing. See my post at above at 11:18.

Long-term capital gains tax is 15% in the US to my understanding, well below income tax rates. The article you linked to is pure fluff and simply wrong - Buffett is discussing taxable income which excludes anything he's "holding onto forever".

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Posted in: Obama hits Republicans on anti-tax stance See in context

If I was an employee of Mr. Buffet right now, I wouldn't be very amused to find out that he couldn't see fit to pay my salary based on investments also like he did to increase my take home pay and lowering the tax load on my salary. He figured it out but I guess his employees aren't worthy of it.

I think you've missed the point here, his income comes from his personal investments and not from a salary. To tie a salary to the performance of the BH investment portfolio would still incur the standard income tax rates. That's the point he's making - those with more money and who earn there income more from investments than from their salary are subject to lower tax rates.

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