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Posted in: Czech, Russian envoys fly home amid depot explosion dispute See in context

As if the same two spy’s would do two high profile attacks.

The Czech attacks were in 2014. The two men were uncovered after the Skripal poisonings in 2018. They were unknown until then.

All of this information is in the article that you didn't read.

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Posted in: Queen enters 'twilight' of reign after farewell to Philip See in context

She looks quite menacing in that picture, Camilla must have said something to her.

In 3 years she will be the longest reigning monarch ever, overtaking Louis XIV. I imagine that the prospect of annoying the French is keeping her going.

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Posted in: UEFA lead backlash against Super League; UK government vows to step in See in context

but they do have the choice of playing for their country or taking the money.

Why should they be put in the position of having to quit their jobs in order to play for their national teams, which have nothing to do with this? They are not the ones who have decided on this course of action, it's their bosses.

Cool heads are needed at this point, not ostracizing and scapegoating the people who have had no say in the matter.

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Posted in: UEFA lead backlash against Super League; UK government vows to step in See in context

Denying the players the opportunity to play for their countries & play in the World Cup is a good start.

Why? They aren't the ones who have made this move, they are simply contracted to the clubs as you may be to your company.

This is just an agrressive opening negiotiating stance by the dozen. For years UEFA and FIFA have been pulling down the pants of clubs and national associations, the clubs simply want more of the money that they earn on behalf of those two proven corrupt organizations. If anything good comes from this I hope it is that FIFA and UEFA get their backsides slapped back to where they should be.

I'm not saying I hope the Super League happens, I really don't. I love getting hammered by Villa / Burnley etc. But it will happen in some format.

Players and managers speaking out against it including the Liverpool manager/players. Only the owners want it.

Five years down the line everyone may be fighting to get into it, just like they were with the Premier League in 1992.

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Posted in: 12 major European clubs launch plans for breakaway Super League See in context

You could have said no. You could have refused to spend your money. You could have got your footie fix elsewhere.

Much of what you said is true. but it ignores one thing; you can't give up the team you support quite so easily. You can't just change teams because it costs a few more quid every year.

Football hasn't managed to deal with the one thing that is driving this and the things that you spoke of, which is player salaries and the percentage of turnover that they demand from a club. Even wealthy PL clubs are spending 60-85% of their turnover on salaries. It's unsustainable and affects every other club in the land.

There is a distinct lack of French or German teams in the press release, could be a sign that they don't agree with this either.

German clubs are largely fan-owned, so they would be bound to lose a shareholder vote on this. PSG are Qatari owned, and with the World Cup there next year they probably don't want to upset FIFA, who are probably annoyed that this idea will usurp their evil planned Club World Championship world domination plan, yet might also be pleased that is screws UEFA. That's without mentioning that the Spanish clubs will have a hard time convincing their members to swallow it. And what about Ajax, or the other big clubs from Belgium, Holland, Portugal, Scotland, Russia etc. ?

I don't see how it can work, but it looks like a very good wrench to get UEFA to hand over more CL money to the elite clubs, which is what they have been demanding for several years anyway.

Either way, it's going to be a very interesting summer in football politics.

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Posted in: 12 major European clubs launch plans for breakaway Super League See in context

This is shockingly shameful by these clubs, one of which is mine. If it goes ahead the domestic league format will be destroyed; there is no way these clubs can play 20 super league games, 38 domestic league games plus half a dozen domestic cup games.

I don't know if they underestimated the fury and disgust they are copping from absolutely everyone including their own fans. I see some harsh punitive measures coming to both clubs and players very soon.

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Posted in: Death of man attacked by bear sparks conversation about what to do when facing one See in context

For hikers, get bear spray.

Not easy to get in Japan and costs a fortune. I have a couple of cannisters that a friend brought from Canada. Proper stuff, not the weedy personal protection ones that only spray a few feet.

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Posted in: China, S Korea wary of release of Fukushima treated water into sea See in context

Storing the water in an active earthquake and tsunami zone is more dangerous than releasing it slowly into the ocean.

Unless it can be stored safely, in which case it is much safer.

'We can't be trusted to store this safely' is not an excuse for dumping it.

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Posted in: 'Top Gun' sequel delayed in summer movie setback for theaters See in context

Bland and boring first time round

At the risk of being battered to death, I sort of agree. Poor story, rubbish dialogue and a soundtrack to make you want to gouge your own ears out. The women weren't hot enough either.

The action in the sequel looks quite good though. Tom got to play with some very nice toys

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSqVVswa420

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 306 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,102 See in context

Has anyone heard of a timeline for this? I honestly missed it if it was stated

Upto 65,000 a day, by early December. Can you guess the year?

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Posted in: Tokyo, Kyoto, Okinawa step up anti-virus measures See in context

Isn't "prevention measures" plural?

Closing stuff at 8pm and capping atenndances at stuff. Two.

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Posted in: Trump addresses GOP as power to shape national debate wanes See in context

That’s not even close to what that said. Read more slowly and try to comprehend the “context”.

I stand corrected, slightly.

"several banks and one of the nation's larger credit-card companies confirmed that, at one point late in 2020, these cases accounted for up to 3% of all fraud complaints received."

Trump had to refund $122 million, Biden about $6 million. It's quite clear who was doing the conning here.

Check the boxes below if you agree.

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Posted in: Trump addresses GOP as power to shape national debate wanes See in context

seems pretty similar to me as 2.2% could also be described as “up to 3%” if you wanted to make a narrative.

Trump accounted for 3% of ALL fraud complaints received in the USA

Biden refunded 2.2% of HIS campaign donations. Trump refunded around 11% of his

But I guess you see that as the same.

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Posted in: Gov't to release Fukushima nuclear plant water into sea despite fishermen's objection See in context

If not the sea, where?

Lake Bandai, just up the road. After all, it's harmless.

Japan's mess, Japan's problem.

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Posted in: Japan denies considering vaccine priority for Olympic athletes See in context

The athletes should be getting their jabs in their own countries and well prior to travelling to Japan.

I think it only applies to Japanese athletes, not foreign athletes.

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Posted in: Japan denies considering vaccine priority for Olympic athletes See in context

It is inevitable that athletes will be vaccinated before the majority of the population, there is too much riding on these games to take that chance.

Japan will argue that the inocculation of the athletes will not come at the expense of the people who are in line. They will probably be right, but it leaves a bad taste. Nobody likes queue jumpers.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 545 coronavirus cases; Osaka logs 905 See in context

And, look at all those wasted tests.

Nothing much is gained from not knowing, so it's worth wasting a few cheap tests right now especially with the new variants knocking about. Osaka probably gonna be around a thousand today, Hyogo cause for concern too.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 555 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 3,449 See in context

Are we headed for a Golden Week Lockdown?

It's looking like it, which would be a huge blow. I smell a lot of 'urging' in our near future.

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Posted in: Man who refused to get off shinkansen arrested in Nagoya See in context

A quick slap and dragging off would have taken less than a minute. Problem solved.

OK, let's assume I agree with your colourful solution. Who gets to administer the slapping? Is there a designated uniformed thug on every train? And what if the fellow turns out to be quite tasty himself and it takes more than a minute?

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Posted in: Man who refused to get off shinkansen arrested in Nagoya See in context

This is one of the rare cases when a short, sharp beat down would have been in order

If a man not wearing a mask on a train warrants beating up then I think that in your mind there aren't many 'rare cases' that aren't deserving of a violent solution.

Have a glass of perspective fella, his 'attitude' was unlikely to be corrected by a kicking in the toilets. Weird people are all around us, you don't need to batter every one of them into normality. An unusual situation was settled peacefully and with minimum fuss or delay.

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Posted in: British PM Johnson launches mass COVID testing program See in context

The pubs re-open on April 12th. A Monday. Workplaces are gonna be half-empty or half-pissed on Tuesday.

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Posted in: Tokyo reports 355 coronavirus cases; nationwide tally 2,472 See in context

Go ahead, be my guest, lock yourself down for two months and come back to tell us how much fun you had.

People don't have the resilience or fortitude to be unselfish these days, nor the patience to deal with small privations. Always about me me me.

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Posted in: Japan's commercial whaling season begins in coastal waters See in context

Ah, the old mercury chestnut...

A pretty toxic chestnut at that. High mercury & PCB levels in whale meat are reliably proven and acknowledged even by the people that consume them (Taiji, the Faroes), often in similar levels to those found in the victims of Minamata. Studies have found they may lead to neuroligical problems in kids when consumed by pregnant mothers.

A few sample found with levels of in whale meat.

Lots of samples found with very high levels, often without labelling to identify the species, sold freely or given away to schools for the kids to grudgingly eat.

I have no problem with sustainable whaling. I have a problem with kids' school lunches being used to offload potentially toxic meat in order to sustain and industry that cannot sustain itself.

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Posted in: Japan's commercial whaling season begins in coastal waters See in context

*It looks better than it tastes

I taste exactly how I look

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Posted in: Japan's commercial whaling season begins in coastal waters See in context

The meat must taste better than sushi?

I looks better than it tastes. Might be the mercury in it.

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Posted in: Sony announces end of online, PlayStation Store support for PS3 and Vita See in context

You can say that again fella

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Posted in: Netflix, 'Lupin' and EU rules spark a TV revolution See in context

Who needs or has got too much time for this crap and even is willing to pay for it?

Hundreds of millions of people, and it isn't particuarly expensive. Amazon prime costs about the same as a monthly glass of beer in Japan.

Is the enormous popularity of the modern cathode ray tube something new to you?

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Posted in: If you are working remotely, how do you prevent frequent video meetings from causing you fatigue or adversely affecting your productivity? See in context

I turn the camera off and change my user name to 'Reconnecting....'

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Posted in: Yellow sandstorm blankets part of western Japan See in context

I am sure there is pollution generated in Japan as well but that is not the point, that is an internal matter which doesn’t affect anyone else.

A million tonnes of radioactive water is soon to become a very external matter.

Japan, like most other wealthy nations exports it's pollution and environmental problems through excessive and wasteful consumerism. Japan is particularly responsible for deforestation in SE Asia due to its demand for timber and the heavy investment of Japanese megabanks (Mizuho, MUFG, SMBC) in forestry and palm oil. Those toxic hazes due to Indonesian slash & burn fires can be traced back to this island, and back to you and me.

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Posted in: Yellow sandstorm blankets part of western Japan See in context

Anyone else automatically have Sandstorm playing in their head?

Which one? Darude or Cast? Gotta be Cast surely.

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