JeffLee's past comments

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    JeffLee

    @M3M3M3

    "Actually, something like 95% of asylum seekers from French speaking African countries like Mali and Senegal are applying for asylum in France"

    These people aren't asylum seekers. Being on French soil, they have the right to apply for refugee status, given the hell-hole countries they came from. But they don't. I suppose we could speculate on the reasons why.

    @Elizabeth Heath

    Thanks for answering my question, but have you ever been to Marseilles? Frances does in fact have a history of accepting and - yes - even integrating all sorts of people from around the world. I know Vietnamese who arrived with nothing and became firmly middle/professional class within a couple of decades.

    Posted in: Eurotunnel: 37,000 migrant crossing attempts blocked

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    JeffLee

    They are already in France. Why are they so desperate to get to the UK?

    Posted in: Eurotunnel: 37,000 migrant crossing attempts blocked

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    JeffLee

    "many of us have stuck with them through sheer inertia and misplaced loyalty"

    I have stuck with them after hearing horror stories from my Mac-using colleagues. Just yesterday, a friend's mini-mac melted down in the summer heat after 2 years' use. Two iMac using friends have had meltdowns as well fairly recently.

    No warning, no clues, nothing, The only option for Mac users is to fork out more big cash to Apple Corp.

    My 8-year old tower PC, which is used every day, from morning til night, has needed a fan and a PSU and I've upgraded RAM and HDD. No drama, just pick up new part at Yodobashi for 2,000 to 8,000 yen. Fixed in 20 minutes with a screwdriver at home.

    Posted in: Microsoft aims to reboot connections with Windows 10

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    JeffLee

    @saketown

    "That knocked Great Britain out of the Pacific War."

    LOL. I suggest you do a bit of reading before posting.

    Burma Campaign

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BurmaCampaign#TheJapaneseinvasionofIndia1944

    Posted in: China shows off victory over Japan logo

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    JeffLee

    I've booked my upgrade time today too.

    Win 8.1 has been fine for me. I have trouble understanding the criticisms about it, since nearly all the critics don't actually use it.

    Posted in: Microsoft aims to reboot connections with Windows 10

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    JeffLee

    "whether the flight was actually being used for tourism—which is banned at the small airport"

    That's odd. I know someone who is booked on a commercial flight from Chofu to Oshima for summer hols.

    Posted in: Engine trouble, excess weight suspected in Tokyo plane crash

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    JeffLee

    "police found nothing to suggest the man had been in the area where the crimes took place."

    Errr... Hachioji and Tama where he lived are basically beside each other.

    "an 8-point match is still said to have an accuracy of about 100 million to one.....police still concede that the 8-point fingerprint match is not conclusive,"

    Lordy, no wonder they can't wrap up this case.

    Posted in: Still no resolution to 1995 Hachioji supermarket triple murder case

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    JeffLee

    @TrevorPeace

    "So, hey, JeffLee, why not move your investments elsewhere?"

    It's complicated. When I was about to do that, the post-George Bush stock market boom got underway, and my returns began surging. OK, higher taxes (24% on capital gains) and I'm prohibited from adding to my portfolio, but still raking it in, Same with my property....in Vancouver. Its appraised value has tripled since I bought it. Trying doing that in Japan.

    Once Canada tanks , I'll accelerate the repatriation process. Nope, I'm not loyal to Canada. I used to be, but not since Ottawa started to take a harder and harder line against people like me, cutting off my CPP contributions, etc, while doubling my tax burden to them (ie, "non-resident taxes").

    Posted in: Canadian Expat Voting Rights

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    JeffLee

    Why make life easy and just have daylight summer time?

    Posted in: There is latent demand on summer evenings, and if the 'yukatsu' initiative expands its foothold, we can expect economic benefits.

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    JeffLee

    "They said the horseless carriage was going to be a dud,"

    They said the Mac Cube was going to be a dud....

    Posted in: Is Apple Watch a dud?

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    JeffLee

    @sakurala

    "My Canadian home only had 1 bathroom for its 4 bedrooms"

    Then your family was highly, highly unusual. I just checked Canada's biggest online real estate directory. Of 7,506 listings in metro Vancouver, a grand total of 12 (!) were 4 bdrm/1 btrm. And about half are slated for tear down (sold for lot, not the building).

    Meanwhile, I've researched dozens of listed detached Tokyo homes over the past couple of months. Every single one has... one bathroom.

    Posted in: 12 awesome features of Japanese bathrooms you won’t find in the West

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    JeffLee

    Point number 1 is forest for the trees. Canadian homes have 2, 3 or 4 bathrooms. Around one bathroom per bedroom. Japanese homes have a grand total of.....one.

    Give me a private facility any day for my morning constitutional. The Canadian ones I use have heat lamps and skylights. And on top of that, the Japanese "unit bath," with all the comfort of an airliner cubicle, is ridiculous. Canada wins hands down.

    Posted in: 12 awesome features of Japanese bathrooms you won’t find in the West

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    JeffLee

    It's gonna be hard to promote Okinawa as an international destination when typhoons barge thru so often.

    Posted in: Typhoon cancels dozens of flights in Japan

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    JeffLee

    Japanese news articles often read like press releases. Often items from the Yomiuri, Mainichi, Asahi contain the exact information, no more, no less, strictly in line with the info dished by the authorities at the kisha club.

    For example, for crime, they stick to the police lexicon, like "stimulants." Ask the reporter what kind of uppers the suspect was caught with, and they won't know. Their "news" is handed to them by the authorities. If the reporters diverge a bit, they can be punished by both the authorities or their own bosses.

    Science reporting is really bad, since the beats are assigned to the newspaper employees, nearly none of whom have any science background.

    Posted in: What do you think are some of the main differences between the way Japanese and Western media report the news?

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    JeffLee

    "They all paid their dues. Especially that decorated Collin Powell."

    Powell knew from the outset that the Iraq invasion was wrong. Yet he gladly sat in front of the UN to argue in favor of starting that war, citing a web of lies and reiterating the stream of ignorance spewed by the White House at the time. In terms of principals and convictions, the black man now in the White House is 1,000 times better than Powell could ever be.

    Posted in: Obama returns to Kenya; reunites with father's family

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    JeffLee

    IMF advice! Yeah, let's ruin another economy.

    http://www.cnbc.com/2014/11/05/imf-gave-richer-countries-wrong-austerity-advice-after-crisis.html

    Posted in: IMF warns Japan must avoid over-reliance on weak yen

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    JeffLee

    Every year, I pay taxes on my Canadian property, plus withholding taxes on my investments there. Yet I am STILL ineligible to continue to contribute to my CPP pension, set up an RRSP, etc. I got the worst of both worlds.

    But that's how Ottawa wants it. The laws increasingly stress residency over citizenship. It's a reaction to the foreign billionaires who purchased passports, made the obligatory investments, and then left. Once again, the privileged few spoil it for the many.

    Posted in: Canadian Expat Voting Rights

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    JeffLee

    I don't predict anything good coming out of this.

    Posted in: Nikkei pledges to respect Financial Times culture

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    JeffLee

    Lest anyone think that Nicky MInaj is NOT a feminist as well as a sensitive, talented and eloquent artiste, deserving of the industry highest awards, I present the lyrics to the chorus of her hit "You a Stupid Hoe."

    You a stupid hoe, you a you a stupid hoe You a stupid hoe, you a you a stupid hoe You a stupid hoe, you a you a stupid hoe You a stupid hoe, yeah you a you a stupid hoe You a stupid hoe, you a you a stupid hoe You a stupid hoe, you a you a stupid hoe You a stupid hoe, you a you a stupid hoe You a stupid hoe, yeah you a you a stupid hoe

    http://www.metrolyrics.com/stupid-hoe-lyrics-nicki-minaj.html

    Posted in: Katy Perry's feud with Taylor Swift heats up

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    JeffLee

    There used to be a couple of gold bugs on this forum. They used to tell us with great confidence how Obama and Bernanke were debasing the dollar, and that my view that QE wouldn't turn the US dollar into "funny money" was utterly wrong because I don't understand how such things work.

    They were apparently loading up on gold since the tsunami. But they've since dropped out of the forum, (although some of their ilk remain). Gee, I wonder wonder how their bet is working out?

    Posted in: Gold falls to lowest level in five years on dollar strength

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