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Posted in: It was an accident that occurred under extremely sloppy management. See in context

Patently negligent. Sue them by all means, the girl will need the money to help support her through life but those responsible need to at the least be fired and banned from ever being involved even peripherally with this type of work. If possible they need to be charged with criminal negligence or what ever the equivalent is under the Japanese legal system.

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Posted in: 3 nuclear reactors to become 1st in Japan to operate beyond 40-year limit See in context

There is a case for nuclear as part of the energy mix, but restarting mothballed, time expired legacy plants is not the answer. Going forward the introduction of new, walk away safe nuclear plants will require the buy in of the population. This will just poison the well even further.

marcelito, you got there ahead of me!!

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Posted in: Kyoto police investigating cream puff attack on Bentley See in context

Thoroughly enjoyed all the puns above :)

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Posted in: Kyoto police investigating cream puff attack on Bentley See in context

The real cream puff is the owner of the car!

Bentley, nice car but in pimp white? Come on.

Video seemed to show the puff thrower as a tad unsteady on his pins, possibility of a few lemonades prior to the escapade?

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Posted in: British warships, military aircraft to set sail for Asia next month See in context

Quite amusing to read the ignorance and misperception above.

Britain is not sending the ships to threaten China so no they will not be shaking in their boots, the purpose is to emphasise and strengthen relationships with friendly and allied countries in the region, it also serves as a shopfront for trade to all our mutual advantage. Very useful training exercise for ships and crews.

Mr Kipling, your history is a bit off, what is loosely termed gunboat diplomacy was a 19th century thing, in 1746 the British Empire was still very much a trading centred operation.

BW, the royal navy never traded in opium.

The purposes of a British deployment to friends and allies in the Indo-pacific region in the 21st century have no relevance to what may or may not have happened 2 or 3 centuries ago.

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Posted in: Fighting erupts in Myanmar; junta to 'consider' ASEAN plan See in context

The military junta are a criminal gang with their snouts so deep in the trough they can’t see anything else. They were in danger of losing control of the vast swaths of the economy they subverted during their dictatorship which is why the coup (they could teach the mafia!).

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Posted in: Warp drives: Physicists give chances of faster-than-light space travel a boost See in context

Currently it is theoretical, but if the theory is right then it just becomes engineering and we clever monkeys are quote good at that. At the moment we are still working on the theory so very sadly I will not be taking a warp ship to the stars in my lifetime.

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Posted in: COVID-19 vaccination for those under 65 may start in July: minister See in context

Paul, you do realise a senior Chinese official let it slip that it isn’t very effective? Which is probably why they have refused to let anyone see the trials data.

I realise none of this will make a blind bit of difference to your entrenched tunnel vision views. I just wondered what your bonus % is for selling these vaccines, cos I doubt you are making much!

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Posted in: How do you wish the media would report about the coronavirus each day? See in context

Something like the BBC’s web site reporting, clear, comprehensive and informative.

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Posted in: U.S. to ramp up support for COVID-hit India See in context

India’s government took their eye off the ball, instead of building capacity and healthcare resilience they allowed mass political rallies and the Kumbh Mella religious festival with millions of packed participants to go ahead, all of which lead to the massive spike in infections which they are struggling to cope with. Now the people of India must pay the price of their governments failure.

Of course those of us who can must help them deal with this, but their government needs to learn from their abysmal failure, but they are politicians so little chance of that.

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Posted in: LDP loses 3 by-elections in blow to Suga See in context

The view seems to be that it’s a judgement on the cabinet not the party? Could come as a nasty surprise if people are actually fed up with the LDP!

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Posted in: Japan to open large vaccination centers in Tokyo, Osaka: report See in context

Late to the party but I suppose it’s something even if too little too late. Vaccines available November, Japan sets up just one large centre at the end of April, if they are not careful they will bust a gut reacting so quickly to an emergency!

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Posted in: COVID-19 vaccination for those under 65 may start in July: minister See in context

I suspect the non availability of vaccines is a major reason for the glacial speed of roll out in Japan. The causes of that non availability of course is another matter all together!

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Posted in: Gov't studies SDF response in event of Taiwan Strait conflict See in context

Given its constitution, very little it can do, regardless of how much it would serve its strategic interests.

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Posted in: Chevron, Toyota announce alliance on hydrogen technology See in context

Forgot to say the grid capacity is a problem in advanced countries, for the rest of the world forget it!

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Posted in: Chevron, Toyota announce alliance on hydrogen technology See in context

BEV’s are in no way either green or sustainable, there environmental footprint from mining through to manufacture is highly destructive (not to mention the modern slavery/child labour/funding armed militia involved in some major areas of supply), the serious range limitations, time to charge, almost total lack of sufficient grid capacity to cope with the charging load if replacing all the ICE vehicles currently on the road, the weight of the battery wasting much of the energy just lugging it around, the enormous cost of replacing the battery long before the vehicle needs replacing (cheaper to replace the vehicle so increasing the waste/carbon footprint/environmental damage/resource consumption) and the difficulty in recycling the highly toxic chemicals used in them.

So yep BEV’s are the obvious choice.

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Posted in: After bars and restaurants close at 8 p.m. in areas where there is a coronavirus state of emergency, many people are buying alcohol at convenience stores and from vending machines and then hang out in parks or public spaces near train stations to continue drinking, thus leading to more possible virus infections. Do you think the police should disperse such groups? See in context

Agree, first off they need to massively increase testing to get a handle on what the real situation is, then if warranted by real evidence institute a legally binding lock down and require work from home, close all bars, shops, restaurants (even the ones the government elite go to) and other areas of mass congregation and once they have bought some time by these measures, extract a finger and rapidly expand the vaccination programme.

So that’s never going to happen.

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Posted in: Japan rolls out vaccine slowly, despite looming Olympics See in context

Zichi, really? Why, as far as my limited understanding goes I don’t see haw this makes a difference. Sadly a tad over 30 my self but there was no suggestion I shouldn’t receive the jab and I have not heard of any other country imposing such a limit?

Is this just a spurious excuse to limit the number of people claiming the jab to disguise the failure to manage the process adequately?

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Posted in: Japan rolls out vaccine slowly, despite looming Olympics See in context

Paul, you do realise even the Russian people don’t want the Sputnik V vaccine?

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Posted in: British Olympic athletes likely to be vaccinated before Games See in context

In a sense this is almost a non report, as in effect it just said they will be vaccinated along with their age cohort.

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Posted in: Olympic athletes may be allowed to bring medical stimulants into Japan See in context

I must admit it looks a tad hypocritical. If they used the opportunity to change things and liberalise things generally would be better.

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Posted in: Winners of $20 mil contest make concrete to trap carbon dioxide announced See in context

Good, finding ways and products to decarbonise and trap emissions is one of a multi pronged approach needed to deal with the problem. No one thing will be the magical solution but many actions, some large and some small (like the small changes we all as individuals can make) will combine to overall greater effect.

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

Resignation is not part of our tradition which is why her uncle’s behaviour was such a major constitutional crisis.

While I am not a great supporter of inherited privilege the examples of elected presidents around the world don’t inspire me with much confidence in the alternative. The crown reigns but does not rule. The elected representatives and the people are the real power so retaining a powerless head of state has advantages. At least we can never have the likes of Mugabe, Putin, or Trump.

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Posted in: Fully vaccinated NZ airport worker tests positive for COVID-19 See in context

Sadly the ignorant anti-Vaxers and conspiracy theorist nuts can never be persuaded by logic or facts as their belief system is not founded on either but on irrational blind faith and emotion, in truth it is closer to a religion. Yes a man caught the Wuhan virus despite being vaccinated, no surprise there if you understand how vaccination works. Whether it should be reported so prominently and sensationally without a balanced rebuttal of any scaremongering that might result is moot.

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Posted in: Japan seeks release of Japanese journalist arrested in Myanmar See in context

Military dictatorship standard procedure, intimidate and close down the media. The truth or any narrative other than their own is the one thing they have to kill if they are to keep the populace subjugated.

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Posted in: Ensuring the energy transition is equitable See in context

While the impacts of change are real, the state mandated interventions are all too often ideologically driven or worse targeted at maintaining voter support. As all centrally controlled economies have shown a bunch of bureaucrats and political hacks are incapable of determining and managing the needs and requirements of a large and varied group of people, and the almost universal failure of efforts to regenerate areas affected by economic change proves the point.

Social mobility, the ability and mindset to move to where the work is was often a major factor in the growth and success of the old industrial areas. The lack of such is now a major factor in the problems now faced. Owning your own home is always a good slogan and a vote winner and in stable times a good thing generally but it has a down side if circumstances outside your control require you to up sticks and move or be left subsisting on the dole.

The solutions to these problems are complex but the simplistic throwing of ever larger quantities of public money at them simply doesn’t work, except in buying votes for cynical or deluded politicians.

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Posted in: There are increasing calls for toughening the penalty from online slander victims and others. See in context

The problem lies in the anonymity allowed on line, require the disclosure of identity in any case of defamation would remedy much of the problem

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Posted in: Lodging houses used as morgues create unease among residents See in context

What’s the problem, just quieter than usual lodgers! So long as they aren’t there too long and start to leak, if freshly dead they won’t even smell.

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Posted in: Koike says Tokyo Olympics will rekindle hope like 1920 Games after war, Spanish flu See in context

Is she truly ignorant or just a politician so lying comes naturally to her?

I had precisely the same thought on reading this as the vast majority of posters above. So if we all immediately see the difference between the two events, what is her excuse?

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